Recently, the most expensive tuna was sold in Japan. The country is in the news again for yet another record-breaking seafood deal. A snow crab was auctioned in Japan for $46,000 this month.
The 2.7 pound crab is called ‘five shining star,’ because of its shape and the size of its legs. It was purchased by Tetsuji Hamashita, a fishery wholesaler. Last year, a crab sold for $18,000. This crab was expected to be sold for $27,000 but the price exceeded the expectations by far. And there’s a cultural reason for this. In Japan, it is considered a matter of esteem to buy the best catch on the first day of crab hunting season, which was November 6 this year. Snow crabs are a seasonal delicacy, only found for 4 months from November to March.
This gourmet crab was found near the Japanese prefecture of Tottori, which is known for its clear waters rich in crabs. It’s been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the most expensive crab sale ever made. Tottori had put restrictions on crab hunting to avoid overfishing, and that has no doubt led to this astronomical price.
Hamashita is sure that the crab will be worth its price. He said, “I know it’s (the price) extreme. But it’s the custom. I believe it is a good crab filled with meat.” Japan is known for its super expensive deals, where the food is a matter of prestige rather than just an ingredient for your dish.