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".
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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