What Are Langoustine?
Langoustine look a bit like king prawns but are actually part of the lobster family. Ours usually weigh around 70-80g each so you get 13-14 to a kg. This is a luxurious delicacy and are fantastic served lightly steamed whole with lemon and mayonnaise. The tail meat has a sweet taste and a prawn like texture, the claws just taste of heaven! A more thoughtful and tasty choice that lobster – one of our favourite products. These are supplied fresh but not live. We can supply live langoustines but please contact us in advance as they may require special ordering. Make this the centrepiece of a special meal. Buy Online Fresh Langoustines from N&C Produce and get free delivery directly to your door from Billingsgate market.
The Latin name being Nephrops norvegicus, Langoustine’s are also referred to as Dublin Bay Prawn, Norway Lobster or Scampi.
Another comparison is often crayfish, whilst they are similar in appearance, Langoustine’s breed and grow in saltwater seas and oceans, whereas crayfish breed in freshwater rivers and lakes.
Where Do We Get Our Online Fresh Langoustines from N&C Produce
Our Fresh Langoustine’s are found locally in the crystal clear ‘Class A’ waters off the North-West Highland Coast of Scotland. Adult langoustine live in semi-permanent burrows, which they dig in muddy-sandy seabeds. They spend most of their time lying in these burrows or by the entrance and leave their shelter at night (or during periods of subdued light) to feed or mate. Langoustine’s feed mostly on worms, fishes and small crustaceans, which they capture with their claws and walking legs but they do not venture far and stay within 100m of their burrows.
According to the FAO 60,000 tonnes of langoustine are caught annually around the world, half of it in UK waters.
Langoustine’s have a life span of 5 to 10 years and can grow up to 25cm in length. They are an orange-pink in colour and have very long and thin claws. Adults moult once or twice a year. In Scottish waters, females are mature at 3 years of age and mating occurs in spring or early summer.
A Quirky Fact
All langoustine’s are born male but around aged two they become female and then start to spawn in their last year, so every adult prawn you eat is a female!