The culinary battle between chefs to find out whose cuisine reigns supreme!
Unfortunately, crabs cannot afford such luxuries like gas stoves, fancy knives or even cuisines for that matter. Crabs are known to be scavengers, feeding on many things from algae to detritus (aka dead matter). With the life of the scavenger, one must become accustomed to eating garbage. As humans frequent beaches often, we leave plenty of random food for our marine friends to eat. This can provide alternative food sources for many animals on a consistent basis.
Here on Iron Chef: Crab Edition, we will find out the food preferences of crabs. This shall be our stand in for their “cuisine”. Their preferences for such “cuisine” is a complete mystery for us. Some may argue that because they are scavengers, they have no preference at all! I say nay, and here we shall find out favourites of our crustacean, Hemigrapsus oregonensis.
During this round of Iron Chef, we have our choices between cuttlefish, bananas, seaweed, and chips. In my little arena, I have performed many trials and have found that crabs seem to prefer cuttlefish and bananas. I suspect that the higher nutritional value of cuttlefish would be very tempting for the crabs. However they appear to dislike the tough muscles of the mantle portion of the cuttlefish, which are used to pump water for breathing and locomotion.
Bananas, the odd food choice here, are also seen to be a favourite. Many reasons could lead to why the humble banana is top tier food for crabs. Crabs are known to rely on their sense of smell through tiny chemical receptors on their antennae. The banana is also very mushy and breaks apart very easily in the water. Through the tiny particle trails left by the banana in the water, the crabs are able to detect their scent of bananas and find the source much more easily.
Seaweed and chips were not well received on the other hand. As they were mostly used for hiding underneath. However crabs eating chips are not unheard of!
From the results of the clash between foods, we now know the crabs seem to like soft, easy to fall-apart food. That is the cuisine that reigns supreme!