Peak lobster season: it’s the time of year when the meat from Maine Lobsters is at its sweetest. From mid-June to November, lobsters in the cold, crystal blue waters of Maine shed their shells and reveal new, larger ones underneath, resulting in the sweet New Shell Maine Lobster.
So what makes them different from the lobster caught throughout the rest of the year? Hear from the lobstermen who catch them.
New Shell lobsters are most abundant in Maine. That’s one reason why Maine Lobster has such a distinct and sweet flavor! This state treat is sweeter than the typical lobster. That’s because after lobsters develop their New Shell, seawater fills the excess space. It helps to naturally marinate the meat and add a sweet and salty flavor.
BENEFITS OF NEW SHELL
- Is easier to crack open (no tools necessary)
- Has a sweeter, more “lobster-y” flavor
- Has more tender meat
THE AVAILABILITY: Summer and Fall
Hard Shell lobsters are available year-round. New Shell lobsters are primarily available in summer and fall as live lobsters or fresh meat. New Shell lobsters are available frozen year-round.