Imitation or counterfeit?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Oct 13 19:18:00 UTC 2011

At 10/13/2011 02:42 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
>I've mentioned this previously, but the Dutch imitation shrimp have all
>the identifying marks of peeled cooked shrimp, down to the "bands",
>identifiable by disjoint red splotches.

*"Peeled"*.  I'm talking about laserable shells.  :-)

>If one does not look closely,
>they can mistake them for real shrimp. Market fish trucks sell them
>deep-fried, much like many other things they sell deep-fried (on the
>spot). The oddity is that these "shrimp" are referred to as "gamba",
>which is decidedly not Dutch in origin--and not even French (Italian:
>gambero/i and gamberetto/i for shrimp, sing/pl.--I find no other
>cognates, but this doesn't mean they don't exist)--ordinary shrimp go by
>"garnaal/garnalen" (sing/pl=German Garnele[n]). The distinction is
>obvious in texture, if you look closely or touch, but, from a distance,
>the two piles look very much alike.
>     VS-)
>On 10/13/2011 9:53 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>Now it would really be interesting if they came up with imitation
>>lobster in the shell. Or shrimp. Then they could even lase identifying
>>marks. Joel
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