I was perusing Yelp.com this morning, and I came across a review of a local restaurant, and the woman was ranting and raving because they said “prawns” on the menu, but “shrimp” came out on her plate. I thought, “Well, aren’t they the same thing? And how, pray tell, can you tell the difference without a complete blood panel and a DNA test?”
Apparently, this woman can tell.
Then I started wondering what else is like that in the food world? I started brainstorming:
- what is the difference between Kobe and wagyu?
- what is the difference between crawfish and crayfish?
- what is the difference between kale and chard?
- what is the difference between broccoli and broccolini?
And, most importantly, who cares?
Do you have any questions like this mingling around in your head? I would love to hear about it if you did.
(And the difference between a shrimp and a prawn is not much: the second set of pincers on prawns are bigger, whereas the first set of pincers is bigger on shrimp, and a section of the body is different size, as seen below. However, there is no difference between crayfish and crawfish, and are aka crawdads.)