Fun Facts about Crawfish
Natural vegetation does not provide enough of a food source so farmers must plant a food source. Usually the farmers plant rice because of its ability to grow in water.
Crawfish can shed (molt) their shells up to 15 times!
A crawfish nearly doubles in size with each molt.
The development of new freezing techniques and the removal of the fat from the tails gives crawfish a shelf life of up to 12 months.
Crawfish are an excellent source of protein. The low calorie edible meat is found in the tail.
Louisiana leads the nation in the production of domestic crawfish.
One quarter pound of crawfish tails contains only 82 calories.
Crawfish are also a good source of calcium, phosphorous, iron, protein, and the B Vitamins.
Crawfish ponds are usually flooded in late September or early October.
Farm raised crawfish account for approximately 88% of crawfish harvested and production from the wild accounts for approximately 12%.