Residents snap up sea food
‘TIS the season for seafood and Ipswich residents are snapping up thousands of kilograms of the festive favourites.
Prawns, crabs, oysters and lobsters are popular choices as people opt for ready-made, healthy Christmas Day feasts.
Gators Seafood and Takeaway owner Kevin Rohl said the Pine Mountain Road business had been inundated with orders ahead of the big day.
“We’re up to the 1000kg mark already, and that’s just counting prawns,” he said.
“People are going for the Mooloolaba medium kings and the tiger prawns.
“We’re also doing a lot of sand crabs, lobsters and mud crabs and are probably up to about 100-dozen oysters as well.
“The demand has been huge from families and local businesses putting on a bit of a special lunch for their workers.”
Prawns are particularly high in protein and Omega 3 and 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids.
They are carbohydrate-free and contain less fat than all land-based animal protein sources.
Prawns are also an excellent source of vitamins including iodine, iron, zinc and niacin.
“Jamie Oliver was talking about Ipswich and said we’re all fat and should be eating healthy food, so it makes sense that people are looking for low-fat alternatives,” Mr Rohl said of the health benefits seafood bring.
“It doesn’t get much better than fresh prawns, a nice salad and a few cold beers on Christmas Day.”
Mr Rohl said Ipswich people were a patriotic bunch when it came to food.
“People keep coming in or keep ringing up and they’re all asking the same question; ‘is this Australian?,” he said.
“That shows me people are looking for quality.
“We want to do everything we can to maintain that quality. From now until Christmas I’ll be going down to the Morningside seafood markets every day.”
Mr Rohl said local seafood prices should remain steady despite increased demand.
“Some people think the prices go up as you get closer to Christmas, but that won’t be true here,” he said.
“I set prices from Monday and to be honest, if the guys at the markets put up their prices by $1 or $2 a kilo before Christmas I’ll cop it sweet.
“We’ll be open from 8am on Christmas Eve and about 6am on Christmas Day for pick ups and last-minute sales.”