[Sca-cooks] scallops

Terry Decker t.d.decker at att.net
Sun Apr 19 06:54:43 PDT 2009

> The only ones I remember seeing were frozen or fresh in plastic  wrapped 
> trays. Usually I see larger ones, inch and a half in  diameter? which are 
> sea scallops and smaller, cheaper ones about an  inch in diameter called 
> "bay scallops".
> Stefan

It the "bay scallops" you saw were cheaper than the large scallops, then 
they were probably fakes punched out of the larger Atlantic scallops.  A 
true Bay scallop, Argopecten irridians, is a small scallop that grows in 
protected waters primarily along the Altantic coast and off shore islands. 
The species is in general decline, probably due to a decline in eel grass, 
and the US harvest has been strictly controlled for decades, thus the real 
Bay scallop is expensive.  It also has superior texture and a sweet flavor 
that make it worth the price.


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