Yabbies

Cambinata is a pioneer in the yabby farming industry. Since business started in 1990, Cambinata has been responsible for training more than 700 farmers in the production of superior quality yabbies. These yabbies are all grain-fed and are harvested using traps. To ensure that you receive the best quality product, we make sure we know where every yabby was caught, and maintain the cold chain from farmer to consumer.

Cambinata's yabbies are available in plentiful supply during the seven months from mid-November to mid-May. Better still, by developing new farming techniques to improve productivity, particularly during the off-season, we can supply on demand all year round. Wherever you are in the world, we can deliver fresh, live yabbies via air freight.

A healthy environment is important, and careful processing is vital. Yabbies are processed in Cambinata's quality-assured factory under strict supervision, using the most advanced technology available in the industry. Our massive, state-of-the-art refrigerated tank stores the yabbies in crystal clear water, and assures a continuous supply of prime quality yabbies. They are carefully packed in polystyrene boxes for transport, and frozen gel packs keep the product chilled to the perfect temperature whilst in transit. On arrival, to ensure maximum storage life, you simply refrigerate them (2–8 °C). They will survive, live, for at least seven days in refrigeration.

Sizing

Cambinata yabbies are weighed individually and sorted according to grade. Yabbies are available in the following sizes:

Size Buffet Medium Large Extra Large Jumbo
Pieces per kg 29 20 14 11 9
Pieces per lb 13 9 7 5 4
Weight, each < 40 g 40–60 g 60–80 g 80–100 g > 100 g

Please note that size and weight information is approximate and is to be used only as a guide.

Nutritional information

In this health conscious century, yabbies deserve pride of place. They live naturally in the waters of Australia – a part of the world renowned for its pristine, pollution-free environment. Yabbies are virtually fat-free (0.12 per cent) with a cholesterol level so low that it is immeasurable1. The amino acid profile of yabbies is similar to that of other crustaceans with the presence of desirable long-chain, polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Quality Assurance

Cambinata Yabbies are Australian Quarantine HACCP and export accredited. Cambinata Yabbies are individually sorted and graded for perfection to meet the needs of our customers and our Company's vision to strive to be the supplier of choice to leading shellfish purchasers worldwide. We provide premium quality yabbies and service in a timely and profitable manner.

Yabby facts

  1. Yabbies are exquisite and unique – unique to Australia, and exquisite in presentation and flavour.
  2. Yabbies are environmentally friendly, and they are sustainable, being farmed and not wild caught. They are produced in the clean, green environment of Australia, without genetic modification.
  3. Yabbies are robust, able to live in a cool room in the esky in which they arrive for a week, so the fresh product is always on hand without having to tank. They are very entertaining when displayed in a tank, however, and being nocturnal, are most active at night, entertaining the diner.
  4. Yabbies are extremely versatile – choose the size that suits your budget and dish. Serve them as part of a seafood platter, “lamb and dam,” barbecue or curry them, or serve them with garlic, or a combination of chilli, ginger and garlic.
  5. Yabbies are for the health conscious, as they have virtually no fat or cholesterol.
  6. Yabbies' shells are relatively thin and easily removed, and large yabbies can be easily cut in half through the middle like a lobster and grilled.
  7. Yabbies are a gourmet product and are appropriate for those who appreciate fine dining.
  8. Yabbies are for the discerning chef looking for something different for his/her clients – the basis of a dish to which the chef can add their own touches. We find that chefs enjoy exploring the many ways in which they can prepare yabbies.
  9. Yabby flesh is more tender than that of lobster, and is delicate and sweet in flavour.

1 K.A. Francesconi, N.M. Morrissy. “Chemical composition of Yabbies (Cherax albidus Clark 1936) from Western Australian farm dams.” Department of Fisheries, Western Australia; Fisheries Research Report #107, 1996. Abstract available here.