Advice on lobster
Here are a few basic tips for choosing the best quality live lobster:
live lobsters are most commonly greenish brown/black, but can also
be blue, yellow, red or very rarely white. Color does not affect
flavor or texture.
Live lobsters should be active with their claws held up (not hanging
limply) and with their tails curled under them.
Black marks or holes in the shell are the result of wear and tear,
or indicate an older lobster has not recently shed its shell. They
are not harmful in any way.
Choose hard or new shell lobster, depending on your preference.
Hard shells are fuller, but require utensils to gain access to the
meat. New shell lobsters have recently molted (shed their old shell)
and are growing into their new shells. A lobster increases in size
by about 20% with each molt.