Shrimp and other shellfish were enjoyed in the world's Mediterranean region during the early centuries AD. Classical Greek and Roman texts include shrimp recipes and descriptions of fishing practices. During most of shrimp's culinary history, farming was not used as a method of shrimp production. Shrimp were caught in pots or traps—not only by hand, but also in relatively small amounts. During certain periods of history, the labor-intensive nature of shrimp fishing turned shrimp into a delicacy that was both rare and costly.
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