If David Foster Wallace taught us anything, it's that there's a lot to consider when it comes to lobster. Why for instance is lobster — basically a giant ocean dwelling insect — so expensive? When Europeans first started to settle along the American coastline in the 16th Century, lobsters were so abundant that people ate them sometimes several times a day. This gave lobster the reputation as a cheap meat used for fertilizer, fisherman's chum, and even as prison food. However, with the invention of canning, lobster became a popular commodity savored by midwesterners who traveled east to feast on summer harvests. Watch the clip above to learn more about this cultish shellfish favorite.
Watch: How Lobster Went From Bottom-Dweller to Seafood Delicacy
Inside the rise of a prized shellfish commodity.