Top: Marron Left: Marron Right: Yabby (they aren't all blue)
Among other things Australia is famous for its crustaceans. What American hasn’t heard of the famous Australian lobster tail? Imagine our surprise when learning that no such thing exists in Australia. There are still plenty of other delicious crustaceans in the vast country though. Besides prawns there are yabbies, marrons, and crayfish and one thing is for sure, they’re all quite good.
The marron tastes more like an amphibian than a crustacean. The taste and texture are similar to frog legs and like the frog the marron is incredibly sensitive to its environment. It requires a constant supply of cold, circulating water to survive and with Australia’s continuing droughts their habitat is disappearing. Huge manmade ponds are now used to farm marrons in Australia which will ensure the future existence of this fragile creature but wild marron are rare and because of this rarity they are quite a delicacy.
The yabby doesn’t have it quite so difficult. It is hardy and can withstand rises and falls in water levels because it burrows. The yabby effectively hibernates, or more accurately, aestivates, until water returns. It can wait up to seven years if it must. Like lobster the yabby dines on detritus making its flesh incredibly flavorful. Two species exist - fresh water and marine. They are plentiful and children enjoy catching them in streams just like American crayfish.