Monday, March 3, 2014

The Legend of the Shrunken Lobsters {Mardi Gras}

You can't search for Mardi Gras recipes without crawfish popping up. This afternoon I took part in the chat on social media, about Mardi Gras, and crawfish made an appearance in the conversation stream. They are normally things we catch when we're camping...and cook and serve with lots of butter and garlic. But, we call them crawdads. Apparently crawfish, crawdads, crayfish, mudbugs are all names for the same tasty critter.

One of the guys in the chat shared this with me. And I wanted to share it with you. According to Cajun Legend...crawfish are descendants of the Maine lobster.

After the Acadians, now called the Cajuns, were expelled from Nova Scotia in the 18th century, the lobsters longed to reunite with the Cajuns.

Their journey, over land and sea, was so arduous that the lobsters began to shrink in size. By the time they found the Cajuns in Louisiana, they had shrunk so much that they hardly looked like lobsters anymore.

A great festival was held up their arrival, and this smaller lobster was renamed a crawfish.

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