Most prawns eaten in the UK are imported frozen from the Far East and South America. They have a limited life once defrosted as they can't be re-frozen.
We're excited to be able to bring you these genuinely fresh Pacific White Leg king prawns which are farmed in the UK. Being a salt water species they have a superior natural sweet flavour compared to fresh water prawns. With a firm texture, they're perfect skewered and grilled on the BBQ or cooked sizzling in garlic butter. Supplied with shells and heads on.
Our producer has received the top rating from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) for their production and sustainability methods, minimising the carbon footprint and food miles for these prawns.
Due to harvesting dates, these prawns are available for delivery on Fridays only. Supplied in our signature compostable packaging that can go in your food waste bin or composter.
Don't miss our great selection of sauces and condiments which offer some great accompaniments to prawns.
Country of origin: UK
Fresh UK king prawns (each)
Prawn, king (whiteleg) (Litopenaeus vannamei)
Production method: Farmed, closed land-based system
Production country: Scotland
The sustainability of shellfish can vary significantly depending on how and where it has been caught or farmed. Many single species are caught or farmed in a variety of ways and this range shows that, within a species, some sources may be more sustainable than others.
We use the 1-5 traffic light system developed by the Marine Conservation Society to help you choose the most environmentally sustainable shellfish.
'Best choices' are rated 1 and 2 (green), 'Fish to Avoid' are rated 5 (red). Ratings 3 and 4 mean 'Think' (yellow and amber), as there are better rated alternatives.
Land based warmwater prawn farming is a new development, particularly in the UK. Producing prawns in this way addresses many of the issues of environmental concern associated with conventional open water intensive prawn production as this is a fully closed system. This includes issues such as habitat damage; pollution of groundwater; escapes and disease transfer.
King prawns farmed in a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) have little environmental impact. They can be built and operated anywhere and tend to utilise previously existing buildings, thereby avoiding sensitive habitats. When purpose-built, this is done on previously converted land and therefore there is no loss of habitat or loss of ecosystem functionality. As the system is completely closed, there is also no depletion of freshwater supplies as water is only used to top up due to evaporation.