Prawns Key facts The earliest evidence of prawns is from fossils in Madagascar, dating from 250 million years ago. In culinary terms, prawns are eaten all over the world and used with rice in the southern USA and Spain, or in stir-fries and curries in the Far East. Like all seafood, they are a potential source of food poisoning and should be used as soon as possible after buying.

The term prawn covers a multitude of varieties, many of them from warm foreign waters where they grow fast and often large. Even when unfrozen, these lack the flavour of our own, native fat juicy prawns.

Scampi is the Italian name for what we used to call Dublin Bay prawns, not in fact prawns at all but a tiny member of the lobster family. Just to confuse matters, what we call prawns the Americans call shrimps.

But our tiny shrimps are almost a national delicacy when potted in the traditional, Lancashire way with melted butter and spices. One authority suggests that to appreciate the flavour of potted shrimps, they should be gently warmed until the butter just begins to flow. I agree.

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