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When de-veining fresh (never frozen) shrimp, have you ever seen an orange vein?

Asked by Kayak8 (16433points) August 14th, 2011

I have de-veined a lot of shrimp in my day, but I have never seen an orange vein. I bought about a dozen shrimp (size was 24/pound). About half of the shrimp had very large orange veins. So not only was the color noticeable, but so was the size of the vessel itself. Is this a difference in diet or what?

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KhiaKarma's avatar

I have definitely seen it, don’t know what causes it though…..

josie's avatar

Gotta be something in the diet. The vein is not a vein, it is intestine.

lillycoyote's avatar

I’ve never seen it either, only blue/black veins and I’ve deveined a lot of shrimp too according to this discussion it may be shrimp roe, shrimp eggs or shrimp fat.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Ive seen it a couple times back when I worked at a restaurant. I always thought it was roe.

deni's avatar

The shrimp had diahrrea or something else that changed its poop color?

marinelife's avatar

The shrimp’s guts were empty at the time they died.

redfeather's avatar

Never seen that. Ew. Maybe it was eating carrots!

Kayak8's avatar

Roe really doesn’t make sense based on what I saw, now I have to look up shrimp anatomy to see how they work . . .

Kayak8's avatar

OK, the part of the shrimp that would hold the roe is of the segment attached to the head that is removed. Best I can tell, it may be farmed shrimp that ate shrimp food . . . how disappointing.

rainonthebayou's avatar

the few times i bought shrimp i found a couple like that. i don’t remember seeing it in the ones that come off the boats but i don’t usually devein those either….

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