Ten Interesting Facts About Squid

As popular known in the Mediterranean as Calamari, the actual English name for the species is squid. Squid is related to both the octopus and cuttlefish. Squid meat has a firm, chewy texture and mild, somewhat sweet flavor. Squid is very popular in both Mediterranean and Asian cuisines.

Squid should be refrigerated, airtight, for no more than a day or two. Squid can be pan-fried, baked, boiled, stir-fried or coated with batter and deep-fried. The cooking time should always be short, since the texture of squid becomes rubbery when overcooked.

Ten Interesting Facts About Squid

  1. Biologists estimate that there are as many as 500 species of squid.
  2. Squid are carnivores; they eat fish, crustaceans, and smaller squid.
  3. Squid have 8 arms and only the tentacles have suckers.
  4. Squid have three hearts.
  5. Squid swim faster than any other invertebrate. (more…)