Lobster is such an important ingredient in Menorcan dishes that
I nearly included this information in the Food and Drink page . However I decided
that it deserved a mention in its own page as it shows the care
that is taken in the Island to protect its exquisite lobster stew.
The specimens used are from the species of European origin, known scientifically as
Homarus Gammarus, and come to the rocky coasts to feed on small animals, such as small
cuttlefish, mussels and sea urchins.
It can grow up to 50 cm long and its shell is
reddish or lilac-coloured with spines to defend itself. It is caught the traditional way,
with baskets placed like traps on the sea bed.
Its weight ranges from 400 to 600 grams.
this crustacean is protected in the Balearic Islands and can only be caught from the
1st March to the 31st August. However it is forbidden to catch specimens which have not
yet reached 19 cm in length.