Crab consumption is not very common in Pakistan, but there are still good numbers of people who sought this highly prized delicacy of the Arabian Sea.
Since Mud crabs are highly demanded in the international market, 90 percent of local Mud crab catch is exported from Pakistan, but there is still some of it left for local consumption. Mud crab is famous for its larger sizes and high meat yield as compared to other locally available varieties of crabs.
There are two variants of mud crab generally found in Pakistan. The first and most common variant is the export rejected (rejected when either of the claw is broken). These mud crabs are very economical. The second variant is the large size, export standards Mud crab which is approx. 400 to 700 grams in size and is without any broken leg or claw. However, this second variant is costly because of international demand.
The mud crab is one of the best shellfish you could wish for. Its moist meat, mostly found in the body and claws, has a marvelous distinct and sweet flavor.
- English Name: Mud Crab, King Mud Crab, Orange Mud Crab
- Local Name: Kekra, Kala Kekra, Khunkhna, Kukri
- Scientific Name: Scylla olivacea
Mud crabs are normally found in mangroves
They are caught using baited lines, gillnets, handpicking, and bottom trawls
The Carapace is smooth. The front of the mud crab has four rounded and low teeth. It has 9 teeth on each anterolateral margin and the last tooth is subequal in size to others. The palm of chelipeds is usually with a pair of blunt prominences.
The Shell of the mud crab is brownish to brownish-green in color.
On average, Mud Crabs are 100 to 600 grams in weight, However other sizes are also occasionally available.
Mud Crabs are preferred to be used as Whole
Approx. Peeling Yields
- Whole: 100 %
- Claws and legs removed: 70 %
- Shell Removed: 35 %
- Meat only: 15 %
Mud Crab is preferred to Grill, BBQ, and to be used in soups and broths.
- Heart friendly
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Improves Immune System
- Strengthens the bones
- Improves Skin and Hair health