Caracol Reina | Queen Conch
Scientific Name: Lobatus gigas
Common Name: Queen Conch, Pink Conch, West Indian Conch, Caracol Reina, Caracol Rosado, Caracol de las Indias, Caracol del Caribe
Culinary Use: The meat of the Queen Conch is considered a delicacy in Caribbean and Bahamian cuisines. It is commonly prepared in dishes like conch salad, conch fritters, and conch chowder. The meat is tender and has a sweet, mild flavor with a slight chewiness.
Medicinal Use: is a good low-fat source of protein. It is high in vitamins E and B12, magnesium, selenium, and folate, but is also high in cholesterol.
Fun Fact: Queen Conch is known for its prominent role in Caribbean culture and cuisine. It holds cultural significance as a symbol of the region and is often used in traditional dishes and celebrations. However, due to overfishing and habitat degradation, Queen Conch populations have declined in some areas, leading to conservation efforts and fishing regulations to protect this important species.