Growing Shrimp

shrimp_plantMy July illustration is the Shrimp Plant.

Where I grew up these fascinating plants flourished in the front yard. They really do look like the plant has little shrimps all over it.

Justicia brandegeeana, commonly known as the shrimp plant and the Mexican shrimp plant, is native to Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. The flowers are the small white part with purplish dashes resembling the end of the tail. They extend from layers of red bracts, which make up the “meat” of the tail. Bracts (I had to look this part up) are modified or specialized leaves that are typically part of the reproductive structure.

Question of the Day: Do you eat shrimp? If yes, what’s your favorite way to eat it: scampi style, simply boiled, fried shrimp, stuffed in something, etc.

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  1. Hi Southpaw .. love the picture – they've always fascinated me those plants – I expect I first saw them in South Africa .. good to hear some more info about them.

    I love shrimp simply cooked .. lots of butter, lemon, parsley, wine with some bread or rice .. less is more here.

    Thank you .. I look forward to reading everyone else's ideas ..enjoy the rest of the week .. Hilary

  2. I don't eat sea food, but my husband loves shrimp.

  3. Shrimp scampi is my favorite, although just dipping them in cocktail sauce is good, too.

  4. Love the photo, as always! 🙂

    We are HUGE shrimp lovers in our family, but hmmmmm, my favorite style??? It's a tie between plain old boiled with spicy cocktail sauce and stir-fried with veggies!

  5. love shrimp…my favorite style is cold with spicy cocktail sauce, but I would prefer a full tray of variety!

    nice photo!

  6. Beautiful flower, which is as close to shrimp as I'll get. I'm not a shrimp eater.

  7. What a cool plant! I've never seen that before.

    I like shrimp of almost any kind – although I'm not a fan of deep fried. I like them boiled with cocktail sauce best – or in a stir fry – or pan fried with a bit of garlic 🙂

  8. My uncle Jim always made the best breaded shrimp and clams. Oh gosh, I can't even think about it without wanting some.

    And of course I'm reminded of Bubba in Forrest Gump, “Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it.”

  9. We had a shrimp plant when I was a kid, and I saw jillions in Alabama in May.

    Love shrimp. Boiled and dipped in cocktail sauce is my favorite. Shrimp creole, gumbo, scampi, fried – you name it.

    Now I'm hungry.

  10. I love scampi. But I really like shrimp almost any way. I've never seen this plant, though it looks like Hawaiian ginger. Cool!

  11. Very nice picture – I've actually never seen this plant though. I love shrimp, anyway, anyhow 🙂

  12. I love your picture and the information. I've never heard of them before.

    And I like shrimp lots of different ways, but shrimp primavera is probably my favorite.

  13. Jackee said…
    GREAT picture!

    I love plain old cocktail shrimp. I'm in it mostly for the spicy sauce. :o)

  14. Andrea Mack said…
    I'm fascinated by shrimp plants, they look so cool (but I don't think they grow up here in Canada where I live). My fascination ends there though – I prefer NOT to eat real shrimp at all.

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