Florida stone crab claws are one of my FAVORITE treats. The claws are considered a delicacy, and are actually a somewhat renewable resource. One or both claws can be harvested from a live crab; after being returned to the ocean, the crab will regrow the claws. The claws are ENORMOUS, with little black tips; the meat inside is sweet, delicate and incredible succulent.
Stone crab season runs from October 15 through May 15, and, by law, the claws must be sold pre-cooked. Luckily, if you're fortunate enough to find some stone crab claws, the preparation is SUPER easy, since the meat has already been cooked. You can even order them online, from the famous restaurant, Joe's Stone Crab!
I got my claws from A&V Seafood Market in Huntsville (for anyone who wants to go there, it's in Hampton Cove, off Cecil Ashburn Dr, in the little strip/shopping center with I Love Sushi and Bicycle Works). Stone crab claws are typically sold frozen and are served cold, so all you have to do is thaw them out!