Qinhu crabs, also known as "Qinhu duanxie," are a must-try dish enjoyed by residents in Taizhou city in East China's Jiangsu province every autumn.
The crabs have a unique origin and name. The Chinese character "簖 duàn" in its name is a special Chinese word for the crabs and refers to the traps that are made of bamboo.
Bamboo sticks are used to catch these crabs and prevent them from swimming back to the Yangtze River. [Photo/WeChat ID: tztour]
The Qinhu River, located at the intersection of the Yangtze River and Huaihe River systems, creates a perfect natural habitat with clean water and abundant aquatic plants. This environment nurtures the growth of aquatic animals with tender meat, resulting in the exceptional quality of the Qinhu crabs.
Before maturing and returning to the lake to mate and spawn, the crabs undergo several metamorphoses. Their journey through the bamboo sticks ensures that only the fattest, strongest and most powerful crabs become the sought-after delicacy.
A look at different preparations for Qinhu crabs. [Photo/WeChat ID: tztour]
With their delicate taste and ample meat, Qinhu crabs are a culinary delight that requires no additional seasoning to enjoy their flavorful goodness.
Harvest season for Qinhu crabs usually kicks off in September.