Zen Moment: Rain Barrel

Crawfish Report presents Zen Moment: Rain Barrel.

Dr. Jay Huner, a retired biologist and crawfish researcher said the crawfish is a Jurassic Era creature and didn’t get to survive in the world for so long by being foolish. He said the crawfish mother won’t release her eggs until she hears the thunder. There was thunder and rain today in Baton Rouge…lots and lots of rain. Enjoy the rain barrel but by all means, you should read “Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean” by Sam Irwin. Available at the better bait shops, bookstores and online retailers everywhere.

Here’s an excerpt from the book:

In the beginning, there were crawfish and God said it was good. 

   Nearly 200 million years later, the Cajuns of south Louisiana added a little salt and cayenne to a simmering pot of crawfish etouffée and agreed with God — crawfish are good.

   The Native Americans (the Chitimachas, Houmas, Choctaw and Attakapas) of the Mississippi, Teche and Lafourche river valleys lived in Louisiana when the Spanish arrived in 1528. The French showed up in 1682 and were subsequently followed by the Acadians, English, Germans, Americans, Italians, Croatians, Vietnamese and almost every ethnic group in between. The West Africans didn’t have a choice, but they also came.

   The crawfish were always here.  Every culture that has settled in south Louisiana has fallen in love with the tiny crustacean from the Jurassic Period. In most parts of the United States the crawfish is used as fish bait and often considered a nuisance.[i]  Sometimes the hardy creature was even considered a pest in Louisiana. “Death to Crawfish” was the column header of a 1904 St. Tammany Farmer issue reporting that the levee board was using carbolic acid “with good results to preserve the levees from attack by that clawing and insidious member, the crawfish. The slaughter of crawfish has been progressing quietly….”[ii]

[i] “Crawfish Cause Levee Trouble,” Times-Picayune, June 7, 1908.

[ii] “Death To The Crawfish,” St. Tammany Farmer, January 23, 1904.