Seeking suggestions for substituting crab roe in She crab soup. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/she-crab-soup-51156820 You can quickly identify the sook crabs by the orange color on the tips of the claws. I have had it several times while visiting Charleston, SC but am not familiar with the taste as an individual ingredient. From a distance these eggs resemble a sponge, hence the term "sponge" crab. Other sought-after parts of the blue crab include the roe, which makes an excellent garnish and is revered in Chinese cuisine. Would tobikko commonly used with sushi provide a similar taste. Male blue crabs are called “jimmies,” adolescent female blue crabs “sally,” and the adult female blue crabs “sooks,” by the watermen or boatmen. According to a survey of 20 crab houses in the Baltimore area, female crabs by the dozen were priced at between 51 and 85 cents to the dollar, compared to males. As far as the crab roe, the availability varies during the months of the year. Egg-Bearing Female Blue Crab "Sponge Crab" "Pregnant" female blue crabs carry fertilized eggs under their abdomen. It takes about two weeks for the eggs to "ripen" and be released into the water to hatch. It is prized for the female crab roe, which ripen in the ninth lunar month and the males in the tenth. As far as any other crabs, they do sell female blue crabs, and also female rock crabs. Just look on the bottom of the crabs, at the apron. $24.87 CROE-0002: Crab Roe - 2 lbs. The flavor-packed spheres come from the female crab and turn bright orange after cooking. $48.78 Check the items you wish to purchase, then click Share your knowledge of this product. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. One of the nicest things about buying live crabs instead of lump crab meat is that you get the whole measure of the animal—not only its succulent flesh, but also its creamy innards and the sweet, briny juices that pool in the curve of the shell. 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