What Makes Gulf ShrimpStand Out?
Gulf shrimp are not only full of the flavor of the rich Gulf of Mexico, they also represent the lifestyle of an entire region. Many of the Gulf Coast shrimpers are multi-generational, from father to son/daughter, making it their mission to harvest fresh, quality shrimp for you. Gulf harvesters are conservationists, following strict U.S. environmental and food regulation standards for assured quality. When shrimpers harvest shrimp, devices on their nets enable turtles and fish to swim out, helping Gulf wildlife and ensuring more shrimp for you!
The U.S Gulf of Mexico seafood industry is also an economic engine that helps power the region, state, and nation. Commercial harvestersin the Gulf landed 1.8 billion pounds of finfish and shellfish and earned $818 million in landings revenue in 2011; these landings were led by shrimp at $438 million. From 2002 to 2011, shrimp had higher landings revenuesin the Gulf than any other species or species group, averaging $371 million.
Gulf Shrimp Tales
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Oh, the taste of
What makes wild-caught shrimp taste so good? Plain and simple, it's all about the nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf of Mexico. There's just really nothing like them. The pristine waters of the Gulf are embedded with a unique flavor profile that is absorbed into shrimp to provide an unmistakable, robust taste. Consider the Gulf like a ginormous salinity pool of natural seasoning — 615,000 square miles teeming with succulent shrimp that are clean and sweet all because they are pulled from a natural environment free from harsh chemicals. Also, wild shrimp feast on a wild diet, which only enhances the taste and provides a high quality product that is truly matchless in flavor. Of course, once chefs get their hands on the backyard blessing, shrimp are taken to another level and transformed into an array of delicious dishes. Whether they are paired with a touch of this, a dash of that, or a toss in a savory sauce, wild-caught shrimp are in a culinary league of their own.
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So good and so healthy
It's a well-known fact that shrimp ranks No. 1 as the most popular seafood in the world, and for good reason. Not only are Gulf shrimp laced with palatable flavor as a result of its natural habitat, the nutritional value and health benefits of these tasty crustaceans are impressive. In fact, it's pretty much a dieter's dream food — amazing taste packed with the perfect nutrient-rich combination for one's well being. Shrimp are low in fat, low in calories, have zero carbohydrates, and are significantly high in protein. For example, 4 ounces of boiled or steamed shrimp contains 112 calories, offers nearly 24 grams of protein, and only has 1.2 grams of fat. And no worries about cholesterol either! Research has shown the "good fats" (omega-3 fats) in shrimp reduces cholesterol impact. In addition, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant support is wonderful for the body thanks to two unique antioxidants: astaxanthin, which is the color pigment in shrimp responsible for the red and orange colors, and the mineral, selenium. Other nutritional elements in shrimp include Vitamin D, B12, B3, iron and zinc. So, eat up and enjoy! There really is nothing like the hearty flavor and healthy composition of Gulf shrimp.
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