The little-known truth is that our region’s signature dish is rarely regional. More than 43 million pounds of crab meat are imported into Maryland each year, but the Maryland crab meat industry only produces about 700,000 pounds. That means less than 2 percent is from Maryland. The rest is shipped in from Venezuela, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Mexico, and the Gulf Coast.
Seems like Maryland is a style of crab cake, rather than an indicator of where the crab comes from. A marketing tool, if you will.
Since I've known this for quite some time, I avoid crab cakes unless I specifically can trust the provenance of the product.
Does this bother you?
And what other products are fooling us?