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Relatively Unknown Facts You Should Know About Maryland Crabs

It is common knowledge in Maryland that Marylanders love crabs. They have been a staple dish and are eaten in various ways. The vast majority of people know very little about this particular seafood. Continue reading to learn some of the many interesting facts about Maryland crabs.

Costas Inn Maryland Crab Facts

Here are some common facts you should know about Maryland crabs!

Maryland Crabs Have A Unique Color

Many people are perplexed as to why cooked blue crabs are not blue. This is because those shells contain a pigment that gives them blue color. However, when they are placed in hot water, the pigment is broken down and turns reddish-orange.

Female Crabs Mate Only Once During The Mating Process

Did you know that female blue crabs only mate once in their lives? Most people believe that because they have so many children, they breed multiple times; however, this is simply not the case.

A Collection Of Crabs

Most people have heard of the term bushel. It is used to describe the number of crabs that people order. A cast, on the other hand, is a group of crabs. This term is used when crabs are alive and congregating in the water.

What Is The Scientific Name For A Crab

Callinectes sapidus is the scientific name for blue crab. This translates to “beautiful savory swimmer” in the Latin language.

How Many Species Of Crab Are There Exactly

Although many people are only familiar with just a few types of crabs, there are over approximately 5,000 types of crabs on earth. Have a taste for some crabs? Don’t hesitate to come to Costas Inn.


Costas Inn has been an area icon, slinging the best crabs in Baltimore since 1971. So here’s to 50 years, and cheers to 50 more!

You may recognize our restaurant recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today and #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our nine appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.

You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! Of course, you can get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!

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Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 699 reviews
4100 Northpoint Blvd. Baltimore , Maryland
410-477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes
Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 695 reviews
4100 North Point Boulevard Baltimore , Maryland 21222
(410) 477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood & Crabs Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes