The long awaited Louisiana Crawfish Season has started with deliveries to the Crawfish Co. Of Central Fla., Inc. based in Kenner, Louisiana beginning Friday, January 9, 2009. Our fisherman are back from the holidays and bringing their sacks of crawfish in. Prices are a bit steep as they always are at the beginning of the season, but look for those prices to start dropping as we clear Super Bowl and then Fat Tuesday on Febrauary 24, 2009. Look for the very best prices in April, May and June. Air cargo prices are up with Delta, United and US Air. Southwest leads the pack with the lowest shipping prices of the major air lines. The higher prices for shipping are due to new security requirements required by the TSA. Thankfully Southwest flies to the majority of destinations and can keep the shipping prices managable.
Give Sal or Darnel a call at 504-838-4889 for pricing and availability for your next crawfish boil. We have lower prices due to the fact that we sell in quanity. We pass these savings on to you.
For those of you in the Central Florida area where our Cajun Catering and Restaurant Division is located, we are taking reservations for you to have your own Louisiana Crawfish Boil catered by the same folks that cater the Rajuncajun Crawfish Festival, The Flophouse Crawfish Festival and the St. Cloud Crawfish Festival. Let the professionals come out to your event and prepare Louisiana Crawfish as we do it in Louisiana.
Don’t forget, we will be serving our crawfish every Tuesday from our new pub and restaurant, “The Celt Irish Pub” at 25 South Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801 from 5:00 PM until we run out beginning February 10, 2009 thru July 2009.
Southern Louisiana carries the distinction of being the crawfish capital of the world. On August 26, 2005 Hurricane Katrina’s path came through the lower south east corner of Louisiana causing extensive property damage and flooding followed by Hurricane Rita that penetrated south west Louisiana. In Jefferson Parish, Lake Pontchartrain, vibrant with shrimp and some of the regions finest blue crab has been tested and found to contain no harmful contaminants in the fisheries from the flooding. Crawfish are not harvested from Lake Pontchartrain, so there was little impact on crawfish supplies.Louisiana red claw crawfish are found in agricultural ponds, swamps and marshes throughout the state, but the best wild populations occur in the overflow basins of the Atchafalaya, Red and Pearl rivers. These rivers were unaffected by Hurricane Katrina and Rita.
The other major source of Louisiana crawfish are the crawfish farms where crawfish are cultivated for local use and export to other states. Hurricane Rita did impact some of the coastal crawfish farms, but we still expect a favorable farm crawfish season for 2006. The pond crawfish season will start after Christmas, 2005.
Normally the season starts as early as late November. Unfortunately Hurricane Rita caused brackish waters to infiltrate the bayou swamps. Also leaves and storm debris contaminated the bayous as well. The water in the bayous is naturally filtered. But before water from the bayou is used to fill crawfish ponds for the purpose of cultivation, it will be necessary to wait a few more weeks for natural filtration to take place, thus delaying the crawfish season untill January 2006. The river crawfish season generally starts late March or early April and will not be affected by the weather events that Louisiana endured in 2005. All in all folks, look for the Lousiana crawfish season to start up the second or third week of January, 2006.