Maryland Crab Meat Taste Test

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Maryland blue crab was preferred in a blind taste test held at the 2011 Maryland State Fair. The non-scientific, blind taste test was administered by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

In the blind taste test, fair goers were asked to try four pieces of crab from across the globe: Indonesia, China, South America, and Maryland. Without knowing which crab meat came from which country, fair goers chose which meat they liked the best.

Maryland came in first with a resounding 54 percent, while Indonesia received 22 percent of the votes, South America received 14 percent and China received 10 percent.

“When people go out to eat in a restaurant, they are not necessarily getting Maryland crab meat,” said Steve Vilnit, DNR Seafood Marketing Specialist. “This shows that Marylanders can taste the difference. Not only is it important to buy local and support Maryland’s economy, but our State also produces a superior product.”

Originally published: September 8, 2011

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