November 3, 2013
Cangrejo azul terrestre is a bit of a mouthful, but its the direct translation of the English name of Cardisoma guanhumi, a terrestrial crab found on the Caribbean coasts.
The locals near Playa Blanca on Isla Baru just call them cangrejos–or alternatively jaibas if really pressed for a name.
Living or raw, these crabs maintain their brilliant blue coloring. They eat fallen vegetative matter but are opportunistically cannibalistic.
When cooked they adopt the same characteristic orange color of cooked crustaceans. Each crab offers very little meat, but each tiny taste is a surprising blast of sweetness.
This one (and many others) are cooked then sold to tourists that land on the shores. Stay until night to see them crawling everywhere over the island.
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