What’s the green stuff?
It’s the lobster’s liver or more accurately, its digestive system. Although many people like to eat the “tomalley” it probably isn’t a good idea because this is where pollution in the lobster’s own meal choices would become concentrated in the lobster’s body.
What’s the red stuff?
It’s the roe, the unfertilized eggs of the female. Lobster eggs were once considered a delicacy, like caviar. The roe is also called “coral” because of its bright red color.
What is the nutritional value of lobster?
Nutrition studies show that 3 1/2 ounces of lobster meat (without the butter) contains only 90 calories, compared to 163 calories for the same amount of chicken and 280 calories for sirloin steak. Lobster also contains omega-3 fatty acids, the “good ” cholesterol that seems to reduce hardening of the arteries and decrease the risk of heart attacks.
Can you eat lobster when there is a shellfish ban?
Yes. Lobsters, unlike mussels, oysters, and clams, are not “filter feeders.” Filter feeders pump sea water, and any plankton or pollution it carries, through their bodies. Any toxins in the water will be concentrated in their flesh.
Meat eaters like lobsters, crabs, and fish do not filter plankton from sea water, so they are safe to eat during an outbreak of red tide.
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute has a terrific website with lots of information about every aspect of lobsters.
Also, here’s a link to 100 Fun Facts about Lobsters.