March 30, 2021Are You Ready for Soft-Shells?

It’s never too early to start thinking about Soft-Shell season! According to folklore, the soft-shell season is traditionally marked with the first full moon in May. At that time, the blue crab begins its molting season to accommodate its summer growth. The actual shedding of the shell can take anywhere from one to three hours, after which it must be removed or the hardening process will continue, reducing the quality of the soft-shell crab.

The soft-shell is the blue crab in its molted state. The molting process means an abundant supply of soft crabs from late spring to early fall, with May through September ranking as the most productive months. They are available frozen year round. So start reaching out to your local wholesalers, retailers, and watermen to get your share of this wonderful treat!