7 Random Facts About Crayfish
Interesting, useful and impressive all the same. Now just wait for those crayfish questions next pub quiz.
- Across the world, there are several types of crayfish – and they go under various (more or less common) names; mud bug, crawdad, crawfish and crayfish. In Swedish, they’re called ‘kräftor’.
- In Sweden, a crayfish party is referred to as a ‘kräftskiva’ and stems from the 1930s – although crayfish has been popular food in Sweden since the 1500s.
- Until 1994, there were laws dictating when you were allowed to fish for crayfish – after over-fishing in the 1800s led to significantly lower crayfish numbers. These days good export means you can have it year round, but in Sweden it is still an ingrained August-September (end of summer) event.
- Crayfish parties vary from smaller gatherings of you, your cousin and his friend, to massive street parties with thousands of crayfishinados. Most common in Sweden and the Swedish-speaking part of Finland, but also popular in Norway.
- Crayfish season unofficially starts the first Wednesday in August.
- When attending a crayfish party, you will be expected to wear a crayfish bib (useful), a crayfish hat (makes you look silly), use crayfish napkins, be surrounded by crayfish garlands and various crazy looking man-in-the-moon lanterns.
- Aquavit is a must at crayfish parties – the rule is one shot per claw (make them small or you’ll be experience the infamous ‘drunken legs’ before you know it).Skål!