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Maryland Crab Wins Blind Taste Test
Maryland’s blue crab defeated its international competition in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) non-scientific, blind taste test at this year’s State Fair.
“When people go out to eat in a restaurant, they are not necessarily getting Maryland crab meat,” said Steve Vilnit, DNR Seafood Marketing Specialist. “This shows that Marylanders can taste the difference. Not only is it important to buy local and support Maryland’s economy, but our State also produces a superior product.”
In the blind taste test, fair goers were asked to try four pieces of crab from across the globe: Indonesia, China, South America and Maryland. Without knowing which crab meat came from which country, fair goers chose which meat they liked the best. Maryland came in first with a resounding 54 percent, while Indonesia received 22 percent of the votes, South America received 14 percent and China received 10 percent.
The results come just days before the State’s premiere fishing and seafood event in the State, the Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale at the Maryland Seafood Festival.
The Fishing Challenge Finale concludes the Diamond Jim contest and Maryland Fishing Challenge Citation Award program. Over the summer, three batches of specially tagged striped bass – one authentic Diamond Jim and the rest imposters – were released into the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Several anglers will break envelopes at the finale event to find out if they caught the authentic Diamond Jim worth $25,000 and a set of diamond stud earrings from Zachary’s Jewelers or one of 599 imposters worth $500 each. If Diamond Jim has eluded capture, all anglers who caught imposter fish will split the $25,000 grand prize.
The Maryland Fishing Challenge Citation Award program runs all year long, starting the day after Labor Day and ending the following Labor Day. There are 71 qualifying species in the program. Every angler who caught an award-qualifying fish or a Diamond Jim tagged striped bass and entered the challenge is now eligible to participate in the grand prize random drawing, to be held during at the finale.
This year’s citation prizes include a boat and trailer package from Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats, thousands of dollars in fishing gear and trips from Bill’s Outdoor Center, a tropical vacation from World Fishing Network and merchandise from Under Armour.
The Fishing Challenge is just one of the events highlighting Maryland Seafood; DNR has also organized the From the Bay, For the Bay Dine Out. From October 2-9, 2011, more than 200 Mid-Atlantic restaurants will feature fresh Maryland Seafood dishes on their menus. Each restaurant will donate $1 from every Maryland seafood dinner sold during the week to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a non-profit organization working to rebuild the Chesapeake Bay’s native oyster population.
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