Difference between blue lobster and Maine lobster
What is the difference between blue lobster and Maine lobster?
Do you know the Difference Between Blue Lobster and Maine (American) Lobster?
In this article we will shed some light on this widely asked question, “What is the difference between blue lobster and Maine lobster?” Whether in Europe or the U.S., a lot of people wonder what the difference is between the two.
If you live in the United States, you are more than likely familiar with Maine lobster, also called “American Lobster,” or Homarus americanus. Anybody who has traveled to the northeastern states of the New England area has probably tried it.
On the other hand, if you are from Europe or have traveled there, you probably know that on the other side of the Atlantic there is another kind of Lobster called “the blue lobster,” or Homarus gammarus.
But besides the obvious difference in color (blue or red), what is the difference between these two lobsters?
That is what we will answer below!
Physical differences between blue lobster and Maine lobster
Blue Lobster / European Lobster
The head of the European lobster has more “teeth” on his “nose,” which is the main difference between the American and European lobster. Other than that their heads are similar.
In terms of size, they are identical.
Maine Lobster / American Lobster
The American lobster’s coloring is more red compared to the European lobster.
The claws of the American or Maine lobster are larger and flatter than those of the European lobster. This is another big difference between the two animals.
Finally, the shell of the American lobster is thinner. If you have both lobsters in front of you and you press on the shells, the American lobster will give a little under your finger. This doesn’t happen with the European lobster shell.
Different fishing areas and prices of Maine vs. blue lobster
Maine lobster is fished in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, around the Canadian and American coasts of the New England region. New England is famous for its lobster.
Usually, European lobster meat contains less water because once it is fished, it is not kept in tanks. American Maine lobsters are sometimes kept for months in tanks before being delivered.
Blue lobster is not as plentiful as Maine lobster, and the fishing regulations for European lobster are more restricted. Blue lobster must be a certain size to be fished and fishermen have to fish them with hands or cages in order to preserve the seafloor and the environment.
Maine lobster or American lobster fishing has no restrictions. Maine lobster is plentiful and they reproduce faster, so fishermans are free to fish however they want, usually using cages or nets.
Learn more about traditional fishing techniques around the world on this page.
Prices vary depending on the seasons and amount available.
Taste and texture differences between blue lobster and Maine lobster
As opposed to Maine lobster, the taste of the European lobster is more flavorful, with a stronger sea flavor. This is because it is fished in more shallow areas, in between rocks and corrals. If you really love seafood, your palate may appreciate the blue lobster more.
Both American (Maine) and European (blue) lobster are delicious. The main differences they have are the color, the location and methods with which they are fished, the price, the taste, and their textures.
We love both and can’t say for sure if one is better than the other. We suggest you try both to determine for yourself which you prefer. It depends a lot on what you like and what you are used to eating. Some people like the Maine Lobster more while others prefer the Blue lobster and its stronger taste.
What can also help you choose is the regulations in place for fishing in Europe, which has a strict standard for lobsters.
In any case, the most important aspect to consider is the taste, and for that there is only one way to know which you prefer: try both!
You can buy blue Lobster / European lobster in our store and get Maine lobster just about anywhere in the U.S.
If you do the test, let us know what you think!