Australian king prawns land in Europe
Many of Europe’s high-end seafood distributors are now supplying wild king prawns from South Australia’s Spencer Gulf.
The product is supplied to Europe by the South Australian Prawn Cooperative and Aussea Seafoods of Port Lincoln, South Australia, which announced the product’s arrival in Europe in a press release on Thursday. The fishery was certified by the Marine Stewardship Council in August, and distributors supplying the MSC-certified king prawns to high-end restaurants across Europe include Shield Foods in the United Kingdom, Somegel in France, Flying Seafood in Denmark, Yin Seafood GmbH in Germany and Bianchi in Switzerland.
The prawns are frozen on board within 90 minutes of capture. The sashimi-grade prawn is regarded in the restaurant trade as one of the finest-eating prawns in the world and is suited for many culinary applications from Japanese teppanyaki and tempura to seafood platters, as well as traditional Italian and Spanish tapas-style cuisine.
The prawns are currently available in various size grades including U6s, U8s, U10s, 10-15s, 16-20s and 21-30s. Product quality is in compliance with the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service and international HACCP standards.
Additionally, the product will be available for retail distribution in the summer of 2012.