Kuruma prawn

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Our kuruma prawns of species Japonicus are clear, with the carapace oscillating between gray and pink and reach up to 35 g of weight for about 8 cm of length, characterized by a strong taste of the sea. Kuruma prawns are well to be consumed even raw, as an appetizer, as well as grilled or fried.

In Italy, the name “Mazzancolle” means mainly the species Kerathurus, vulgarly called “Imperial Prawn” (binomial nomenclature: Penaeus kerathurus) because it is native of the Mediterranean basin; however, to be meticulous, the term “mazzancolle” should indicate the entire genus Penaeus with more extensive meaning.


  • FAO 3Alpha Code: KUP
  • Order: Decapoda
  • Family: Penaeidae
  • Species: Penaeus japonicus

Nutrition information per 100g of Kuruma prawn






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Average nutritional information

The energy value of prawns is low, with a good percentage (15-20%) of proteins, composed mainly by peptides of high biological value, and a very low content of fats and sugars.

Prawns are recommended for those who must follow a low-calorie diet, considering that 100 grams of this product contains less than 100 calories.

Among the vitamins, in the form of retinol equivalents (carotenoid astaxanthin), there is a significant content of water-soluble Niacin and liposoluble A,

Prawns cause significant amounts of cholesterol, which makes them unsuitable for persons who suffer from related hyperlipidemia. The total content of fatty acids, instead, should turn in favor of those good (polyunsaturated) compared to those potentially harmful (saturated).

Prawn is very rich of minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus, B vitamins, and fatty acids: Omega and Omega6. These acids are present in lower percentages in our product since it is farmed, comparing to the captured one. Learn more…

Conservation and peeling of prawns

To estimate the freshness of prawns, always check a shell that must be shiny and moist, with a fresh aroma of the sea, meat must be solid, with a head attached to the body. The shell must have not any dark spots and not to be separated too easily from the meat.

The Ittica Italia prawns, to arrive in your kitchen or in the wholesaler’s storage, are always fished on the same day of departure and remain alive, thanks to the innovative and patented transport and storage process, during the 48 hours journey from the farm through the supply chain at your table.

Prawns can be conserved with an original package closed for 24 hours in the refrigerator. You can also keep them in the freezer, but obviously, this would kill all the taste of fresh prawns.

You should not shell prawn only if you decided to cook it on the grill. To consume it raw or fried, it must be peeled, so you have to remove the shell simply by making a cut in a lower part, at the direction of length. Do not forget also to remove the intestine, which contains sand and bitter substances.