Maine Lobsters

 Posted by on 27 June 2006 at 6:45 pm  Uncategorized
Jun 272006

I enjoy good seafood, so our trip to Maine has been a culinary delight. The lobster dishes, in particular, have been some of the best I’ve ever eaten in my life because the restaurants in Bar Harbor know how to prepare it so well. So it was with great amusement that I read this passage from a history of lobstering in New England:

Long ago, lobsters were so plentiful that Native Americans used them to fertilize their fields and to bait their hooks for fishing. In colonial times, lobsters were considered “poverty food.” They were harvested from tidal pools and served to children, to prisoners, and to indentured servants, who exchanged their passage to America for seven years of service to their sponsors. In Massachusetts, some of the servants finally rebelled. They had it put into their contracts that they would not be forced to eat lobster more than three times a week.

Ah, the law of Supply and Demand…

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