Mountain of prawns bound for the table
IT'S out with the traditional baked fare and in with cold shrimp for many Central Queenslanders this Christmas.
Seafood retailers are reporting bumper sales, with prawns by far the most popular.
Doblo's Seafood partners Stephen and Michael Doblo have guaranteed an "unlimited supply'' of prawns at their Yaamba Road outlet until close of business tomorrow.
"We've got five tonnes and if we look like we're going to run out we'll get more from Mackay,'' said Michael.
Stephen said the hot weather had fuelled demand for a cool alternative feast this Christmas.
"The dearest prawn (extra large banana) is actually the one in highest demand,'' he said.
"Rocky's the healthiest it's ever been and people have got money this year.''
A Glenmore Seafoods spokesman said he expected to sell between eight and 10 tonnes of prawns for the week.
He said demand from the west had been high due to good cattle prices and recent rain.
Stephen Doblo said if you were buying cooked prawns and planned to eat them more than two days after purchase you should keep them in a brine in the fridge for maximum taste.
"Add a couple of tablespoons of salt to about two litres of water and ice and add the prawns.''
Yesterday in Rockhampton, medium and large-sized banana prawns were retailing for between $19 and $22.50kg, and extra large about $33.50kg.
Doblo's is open until 6pm tomorrow, as is Glenmore Sea-foods.