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Seafood – Fishes. Here some useful information when you buy or eat fish
You should be able to disinguish:
Octopus : The real octopus has fat tentacles and dark gray color. Instead of octopus they might sell you melidona, which has a tasteless and rough skin. Its color is reddish and its tentacles are thin and long.
Squid : The real squid is reddish and it has small flaps. If you do not notice it you may eat thrapsalo, which is not as good as the squid. The thrapsalo has a gray color, rarely yellow, while its flaps are very big as regards its body.
Lobster-Shrimps-Crawfish: It orange-red color is a sign of freshness, but unfortunately is not always real, since if you put in hot water and vinegar it becomes like that. Thus, the only way to find out if it’s really fresh or alive is to see it before being cooked.
Never choose seafood that does not have a pleasant smell of freshness
Always choose shellfish of which the shell is closed. If you find a small hole on the shell, try to empty its inside on your hand, to find out if it smells bad.
In order to find out if a cockle is alive you should spill some lemon on it.
Avoid any shell you do not its origin.
Avoid shrimps and crawfish that have an intense smell and avoid those that the legs are not well attached to the rest of its bodies.