Vannamei prawns are tropical prawns that are farmed in areas near the equator, generally along the coast in artificial ponds. This farming is increasingly being certified as sustainable in accordance with the GlobalGAP, BAP or ASC standard. Under ideal conditions, the prawns can grow up to a length of 20 centimetres. These prawns are extremely popular.
- Scientific name: Penaeus vannamei
- Origin: Ecuador, India, Thailand, China
- Flavour: sweet, meaty
- Characteristics: grey shell, which turns orange after cooking
- Availability: farmed, all year round