Vannamei prawns

Vannamei prawns

Vannamei prawns are originally from Central and South America. They largely replaced native Penaeus monodon in Asia as the most farmed shrimp. They are more resistant to disease and there are more harvests in a year. Vannamei prawns live in tropical marine habitats.

Species information

Commercial name Vannamei prawns or whiteleg prawns
Scientific name Litopenaeus vannamei
Famliy Penaeidae
Catch area Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, India, Ecuador, Colombia
Catch season Two-three times/year
Estimated volume/year 1.116.000 T (source: FAO 2009)
Available as HOSO (cooked), HLSO, peeled (PD), PTO, frozen and chilled. Frozen: raw, blanched, cooked - Chilled: cooked
Available sizes HOSO: 31-40 up to 80-120 pcs/kg - Peeled: 31-35 up to 100-200 pcs/lb - HLSO: 16-20 up to 61-70 pcs/lb (also easy peel)
Sustainability details Heiploeg aims to source all vannamei prawns from GLOBALG.A.P. certified sources. Certified organic vannamei prawns are available from Ecuador.
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