July 24, 2008

Tomalley Trouble

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Health officials have reported that summertime algae blooms are causing the tomalley in Maine lobsters to contain high levels of a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. Lobster meat is fine, but you shouldn't eat that green paste inside the lobster which functions as its liver and pancreas.

Firstly: yuck. I love lobster as much as the next guy, but I never eat the tomalley. That stuff is nasty! Only recently did I learn that some people consider it food. Live and learn.

Having said that, you might want to wait until the health warnings are over before learning about the tomalley.


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Posted by James at July 24, 2008 9:04 AM
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So a grilled Spam sandwich with tomalley is off today's taste comparison menu?

I was pretty grossed out when I found out people eat the stuff, too. Never touch organ meats - no matter what the species or manifestation.

Posted by: Bull at July 24, 2008 12:59 PM

Yes, ew. Love lobster, green stuff to me = guts. Thanks for the heads-up, I do have a friend who eats everything except the eyeballs!

Posted by: Michelle Riggen-Ransom at July 24, 2008 1:03 PM

Although I've known for many years that some people consider the tomalley a delicacy, I don't think I've ever met such a person. It just looks "wrong" so I always pushed it aside.

Sometimes you find roe (it's orange) if the lobster is female. I've always scraped that out of the way too, but it's probably not too bad.

Posted by: Julie at July 24, 2008 1:19 PM

Forwarded this to a friend who likes it I am allergic to shellfish now, soooo... lol

Posted by: Leslie Poston at July 24, 2008 10:09 PM

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