Brief History on Prawns

Prawn or Shrimp is a common name for small aquatic crustaceans enjoyed by humans since prehistoric times.

Ancient Romans and Greeks enjoyed eating prawns in a variety of way. Apicius, an ancient Roman author even collected these recipes in a cookbook.

Different parts of the world have a specific history when it comes to shrimp and prawns. Shrimp harvesting in the US dates back to the 17th century, where the residents of Louisiana built a community around shrimping and mechanized the process after the 1900s.

Since the 7th century, shrimp and other seafood has been a strong aspect of the Chinese diet. Marco Polo in 1280, noted how abundant the Chinese seafood markets were with Shrimp.

In the UK, the dish found popularity in the 1970''s where it became a popular starter at dinner parties and cocktails; the prawn cocktail being the most iconic dish.