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Freshwater prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii), also known as the giant river prawn and giant tiger prawn, is a close relative to marine shrimp. They are one of over 950 species in the Palaemonidae family. Freshwater prawn males can reach a total length of 12.6 inches (320 mm);Freshwater Prawn Farmed Fish Fact Sheet Cover females 9.8 inches (250 mm). Their long and slender claws (chelipeds) are blue or orange in color. Their shell (exoskeleton) turns pink when cooked. Freshwater prawns are known for having succulent tail meat with a firm, lobster like, texture and sweet flavor.

Where do the freshwater prawn I eat come from?
Macrobrachium rosenbergii
are tropical crustaceans native to Malaysia. They are commercially harvested from the wild and have been introduced to every continent, except Antarctica, for the purpose of commercial farming. In the US, freshwater prawn are commercially farmed in the Midwest, the South, and Hawaii. The freshwater prawn industry is small, making up less than 1% of annual domestic aquaculture production. In 2018, 45% of farms that reported raising freshwater prawn to food size, were located in the Midwest. Freshwater prawn are commonly raised in ponds and sold fresh, with heads intact, from the farm, at local farmers markets, and Asian markets. Midwest farm-raised freshwater prawn are typically sold seasonally—in early fall.

To receive the free download and recipe visit the Purdue Extension’s resource center: The Education Store – Freshwater Prawn Farmed Fish Fact Sheet.

Walleye Farmed Fish Fact Sheet, The Education Store, Purdue Extension’s resource center
Pacific White Shrimp Farmed Fact Sheet, The Education Store
Yellow Perch Farmed Fish Fact Sheet, The Education Store
Tilapia Farmed Fish Fact Sheet, The Education Store
Rainbow Trout Farmed Fish Fact Sheet, The Education Store
American Paddlefish, The Education Store
A Guide to Small-Scale Fish Processing Using Local Kitchen Facilities, The Education Store
Aquaculture Family Coloring Book Development, The Education Store
Channel Catfish, The Education Store
Eat Midwest Fish, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant online resource hub

Amy Shambach, Aquaculture Marketing Outreach Associate
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources/Illinois Indiana Sea Grant Program

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