Dungeness crab, a.k.a. “Dungy,” are a beloved crustacean in the Pacific Northwest and known for their mildly sweet flavor and delicate texture. As delicious as Dungeness crab is, the nutritional benefits and history of this species outshine the incredible taste. Here are 10 fun facts you probably didn’t know about Dungeness crab. 

  1. The name “Dungeness” comes from a small fishing village on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington state with a sandy bay called “Dungeness Spit.” Let’s go local! 

  2. In just 3oz of Dungeness Crab, there’s 19g of protein (38% of recommended daily value) and 335mg of Omega-3s.    

  3. The Dungeness crab harvest is limited by the 3 S's: Size, Sex and Season. They must be male, over 6 1/2 inches across, and cannot be harvested during mating or molting. All female and small males released to sustain healthy stocks for future harvests.

  4. Dungeness crab are found only in the North Pacific Ocean, ranging from Central California to The Gulf of Alaska.

  5. Dungeness crab eat a high-protein, lean diet of shrimp, mussels, small crabs, clams, and worms. 

  6. They contain large supplies of important minerals such as zinc, copper, calcium, magnesium and iron. 

  7. In 3oz of Dungeness Crab, you’ll also get 367% of the recommended DV of Vitamin B12.

  8. Although it's harvested seasonally, the high quality standard for freezing wild Dungeness crab makes it available for purchase throughout the year!

  9. Due to their popularity, we found Dungeness crab recipes that date back to the 1800s! 

  10. Crabs are nocturnal so nighttime is the best time to go crabbing. They are drawn to light so a crabber’s secret weapon is a flashlight.   

At Premier Catch, we offer Dungeness Crab "Snap-N-Eats™️" and our current stock is from Alaska. This means that our crab are harvested, cooked, flash frozen and then specially processed so the legs are individually scored to make it super easy to "snap and eat." They are so easy to eat, all you need is a small fork and clean fingers!

For delicious Dungeness Crab recipes, click here!

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