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Difference between Prawn and Shrimp

Within shellfish, prawns, king prawns and prawns occupy privileged places. All three are decapods, which means they are a type of crustacean with 10 legs, like crabs and lobsters. Appreciated for their flavor, but very often confused by their similar physical appearance, in this article we will talk about the differences between shrimp and prawn.

Comparison table

Prawn

Shrimp

Size/ physical description The shrimp is larger than the prawn, its average is 15 centimeters, but there are up to 30 cm. With large and very prominent eyes, its head is large and long. On the other hand, the shrimp has an average size of 12 centimeters with specimens up to 25 cm. His head is short and flat.
Colour Vibrant reds or oranges. Different varieties of pink and even pale browns.
Flavor For practical purposes, a shrimp is just a larger shrimp, so its flavor is the same as that of shrimp. It is worth mentioning that, in many places in Latin America, prawns are called shrimp. Shrimp meat is soft and usually has a fairly acceptable amount of it. Prawn, on the other hand, has a much stronger or more concentrated flavor than shrimp. In addition, its meat is much harder (although it is still a type of soft meat).
nutrients Prawns are rich in omega 3, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. Prawns are also rich in omega 3. Other nutrients they provide include zinc, magnesium and calcium. However, they are also high in cholesterol, so their limited consumption is recommended.

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