Eastern Chahoo women contribute significantly to food tourism, in addition to the art of creating and selling handicrafts such as dried shrimp preparation and packaging. The women’s activities began in 1993, with the founding of a local women’s group named Pioneer Women of Chaho Sharghi, with the backing of the World Environment Facility’s Small Environmental Assistance Organization and Qeshm World Geopark.
Shrimp are harvested throughout the summer and early fall, and the women typically gather and dry them. Salted dried shrimp are often reddish-orange in color and prepared from the finest types of shrimp. Dried shrimp is high in a range of minerals and vitamins. Most seafood, particularly shrimp, is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain cell formation, making it an excellent dietary source for growing children and the elderly. Since this shrimp are dried, they can be kept out of the refrigerator for an extended period of time without spoiling. This product is popular in Europe, where it is even eaten as a snack in nuts. Shrimp can be available throughout the country due to its easy delivery and extended shelf life. It is tender and soft, and it digests more easier than other types of shrimp.