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National Event Showcases Mississippi-Grown Prawn

Mississippi-grown freshwater prawn were recently featured at the 6th Annual “Cooking for Solutions” hosted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif.  Freshwater prawns were prepared by celebrity chef, Terry Teplitzky of Marina, Calif., for the tasting event. Prawns were also selected to be prepared during the cooking demonstrations.

Dolores and Anne-Lauren Fratesi, of Leland, represented Lauren Farms and the U.S. Freshwater Prawn Association at the event. The 3-day event was attended by media and celebrity chefs from across the U.S.  Information on U.S. farm-raised freshwater prawns and catfish was provided.  Both products receive the “Best Choice” designation from the internationally known Seafood Watch program. Over 22 million consumers have received information about the importance of buying environmentally friendly seafood.

The Aquarium promotes sustainable seafood through the Seafood Watch program.  Dolores states, “Seafood Watch is committed to raising consumer awareness about the environmental impact and safety issues of our seafood choices.  Having freshwater prawns recognized as a premium product on a national level emphasizes the prawn industry’s commitment to quality.”

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture, Lester Spell, comments, “We are proud to have Mississippi-grown prawns recognized in such a manner. Mississippi aquaculture impacts our state three-fold in that it provides consumers with healthy products, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. Our farmers provide sustainable products which will feed consumers today and for generations to come while protecting our natural resources.  Buying from sources that you know and trust will help to insure a superior food supply.”

The U. S. grown freshwater prawn offers consistent quality and unmatched versatility.  It is a shrimp but is most closely related to the lobster giving it a sweet taste and lobster-like texture.   The product contains very low sodium, iodine, fat, calories and cholesterol.  The prawn is all-natural and one of the most earth-friendly sources of protein available today.

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