stone crab


Definition of stone crab 

: a large brownish edible crab (Menippe mercenaria of the family Xanthidae) found on the southern coast of the U.S. and in the Caribbean area

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But there’s a catch (no pun intended): stone crab season runs from mid-October to mid-May, so your window for giving them a try isn’t always open. Jennifer M. Wood, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Restaurants in Miami," 2 Mar. 2018 From stone crab to key lime pie, add these 10 dishes to your Sunshine State dining bucket list. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "How I saved $500 on my vacation ... and how you can, too," 12 July 2018 Today, there is far more fishing than smuggling (or so we are led to believe), with several unpretentious seafood restaurants that feature the local catch, most notably the delectable stone crab in season. Bonnie Gross And Bob Rountree,, "Explore Florida's Collier County: Ten Thousand Islands, the easy way," 6 May 2018 Order the grouper tacos and steamed stone crab claws. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "Just Back From...Eleuthera, Bahamas," 5 Jan. 2018 At Joe’s Stone Crab on Miami Beach, which helped put stone crab on the culinary map when Joe Weiss started selling them in the 1920s, the pinch is less obvious because a seasonal plan helps insure supplies don’t dry up when crab pots empty. Jenny Staletovich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where have the stone crabs gone? Shortage of Florida delicacy drives up prices," 15 Dec. 2017 This annual festival connects several locations on the Old Naples Waterfront, offering fresh stone crab claws, music, art and more. Isabelle D'antonio,, "Florida offers up a wide array of food and wine festivals this fall," 10 Oct. 2017

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1709, in the meaning defined above

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