A Proud State is Proud of its Lobster.

The state of Maine is impressive in so many ways. Dubbed The Pine Street State, it remains the most forested state in the nation. One of its many precious jewels, Acadia National Park, is extraordinary and among America’s most popular. Its inviting mountains, endless rivers and thousands of lakes beckon visitors year-round. Maine boasts 230 miles of coastline of incredibly beautiful, diverse and especially appealing. Its towns are quaint and welcoming, and its people are known to be fair, resilient and “wicked” hard working. It’s a very special place.

Yet, Maine is especially known worldwide for one thing...its lobster. And for good reason. Maine produces the most lobster and undoubtedly, the world’s best lobster. After all, for lobster connoisseurs, its Maine lobster or no lobster at all. Why? Because of the science. The best lobsters come from cold water, that is just cold enough. That explains why Maine is so famous for these crustaceans. Don’t be fooled. Many online purveyors choose to sell Canadian lobsters because the colder water makes for a harder shell lobster. That’s good for them from a sales and cost standpoint. But not for lobster lovers. Lobster meat from a Canadian lobster is not nearly as sweet.

Mainers also know how “to do” lobster best. Like their legendary lobster rolls: fresh, sweet Maine lobster meat with just the right touch of mayo, carefully nestled on a slightly toasted split-top bun. Natives and tourists agree that a Maine lobster roll is “handheld heaven.” Prefer a fresh baked lobster pot pie? Or how about scrumptious lobster mac and cheese, considered by many steak lovers to be the ultimate side dish? But Mainers don’t stop there. Lobster risotto. Lobster grilled cheese. Broiled lobster tails. Lobster bisque, or better yet, lobster corn chowder. And yes, many simply prefer a steamed 2-pound Maine lobster, some drawn butter and their beverage of choice. Maine lobster makes any occasion special.

Maine lobster has long been a delicacy worth chasing. The first Maine lobster catch is said to have been recorded by James Rosier in 1605. The lobster industry exploded in the next century. Fast forward to today, when Maine lobster-fishers land between 100 and 150 million pounds of lobster each year. One bite and the reason for its popularity becomes immediately evident. But who can stop at one bite?