A Tiny Bit of History on Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes

Friday, September 9, 2011

We are all in love with these delicious Chesapeake Bay crab cakes.  But where does Chesapeake bay crab cakes really come from?  Do you know the history?  We were thinking that it would be fun to share a few tidbits of history and facts about Chesapeake Bay crab cakes.  Though we are going to go a step farther and actually share a little bit of history about Chesapeake Bay and a little information on the crab in our crab cakes.


  • Chesapeake Bay – We talk about Chesapeake Bay crab cakes but what and where exactly is Chesapeake Bay?  It is a vast and lovely body of water of over 200 miles, and it is surrounded by only two states.  Of course one of those two would be Maryland, hence the name “Maryland Crab Cakes” and the other state is Virginia.  In the early 16th century the Spanish had established a mission-town by Chesapeake Bay, but they did not stay there.  Years later a more well known man, Captain John Smith, came and explored the area more.  Chesapeake Bay has seen war time and peace throughout the United States’ history.  Fortunately for us it is where the crabs are from that are in our Chesapeake Bay crab cakes.


  • Blue Crab – There would be no such thing as our Chesapeake Bay crab cakes if it were not for these little guys.  The blue crab are called “blue” because of the color of their claws, the rest of their body is actually more of a brownish color.  Their natural life span is about 1-3 years and they can get as big as 9 inches.  They can be considered a bit feisty and are not to shy to use their pincher’s.  Lucky for us, they have sweet, tender meat!

We hope that you really did enjoy these tidbits of information on Chesapeake Bay crab cakes.  It is good to know that the Chesapeake Bay crab cakes are U.S.A. raised and made.