23 Aug It’s Mexican Shrimp Season! Discover the Secret to This Shrimp’s Popularity.
These Pacific Shrimp are plump and absolutely delicious. Mexico is best known for its breath-taking beaches along the Pacific Ocean—but that is not all it is famous for. Known for their unique blue color and full shape, Mexican shrimp species are found along the Pacific coast, where they can grow to a length of nearly 8 inches. Mexico’s coast is characterized by high salinity, resulting in the full-bodied flavor and firm texture that make these wild shrimp so desirable!
As a source of potassium, carbohydrates, calcium, and iron, Mexican shrimp are a great source of added nutrients for any recipe.
Where Does Mexican Shrimp Come From?
Commercially caught shrimp from Mexico are considered among the finest. Crisp, firm, and sweet, the texture and taste of farm-raised shrimp is also highly regarded.
Mexican shrimp are reared in excellent conditions both in the wild and in an aquaculture facility. They are caught close to the processing plants, which guarantees you always receive the freshest catch.
Wild-caught shrimp are harvested by artisanal fishermen along the coasts of Sonora and Sinaloa, within designated fishing areas. They are only packed in a few select, inspected, and approved facilities before making their way to your door.
Wild Caught Mexican Shrimp Species
There are three main types of wild-caught Mexican shrimp species, including:
- White – Litopenaeus Vannamei
- Blue – Penaeus Stylirostris
- Brown – Farfantepenaeus Californiensis
What is the Difference Between Mexican Shrimp Species?
We’re glad you asked! Here are some key differences between them:
White & Blue Shrimp
- Generally larger than Brown Shrimp
- Carries a good texture and taste
- Tends to hold its quality better
- Generally more abundant but varies greatly from year to year
- Generally not as large as Blue shrimp
- Has a great taste, good texture
- Quite abundant but not as much as Blue Shrimp
Pond Raised Mexican Shrimp
- Tends to carry a mild flavor
- Is fed a controlled diet
- Raised in a pristine environment free from pollutants and predation
- More available and abundant year round than wild-caught shrimp
- Sizing is highly standardized and consistent in quality
- After harvest, the shrimp is quickly processed and frozen
What Does ASC Certified Mean?
Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is the world’s premier certification system for farmed seafood, and the ASC label appears only on foods from farms that have been independently assessed and certified as environmentally and socially responsible. At Eastern Fish, we are proud to hold this certification on our farmed Mexican Shrimp, as well as only processing the product in our own facilities.
Our Wild Shrimp also boasts several certifications and sustainable practices including:
- EFCo funding partner for FIP for the artisanal fishing fleet
- Sourced only from trawlers under a FIP
- Supplying SIMP like documentation since 2019
- SIMP documentation audited by Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP)
- All Bay & Trawl Shrimp is 100% vetted and audited by PESCARESPONSABLE
- Value added products supplied by a GFSI (BRC) certified plant
Check out our website to learn more about our environmental leadership principles.
At Eastern Fish, we only align ourselves with suppliers who are willing to follow our business practices. Our farmed shrimp is ASC certified and we always offer competitive pricing. From the ocean to your customers’ plates, you can trust Eastern Fish for quality seafood products that help you diversify and grow your business. For more information about our services, please contact us.