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Freshie Faves: Scallops

It’s time to really take a look at the scallop. Scallops have inspired famous works of art like the The Birth of Venus by Botticelli. Several paintings of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and fertility, included a scallop shell. It’s the scallop’s graceful fan shape that has been echoed in motifs in art, fashion and religion.  In fact the scallop shell is the insignia of Saint James the Greater. He was a disciple of Jesus and is the Patron Saint of Spain. Pilgrims wore a scallop shell on their clothing when traveling to his Spanish shrine.

The scallop is eloquently planted in human history on many levels. But I think the most enticing aspect of the scallop, is its culinary delights! There are many varieties of scallop, ranging from the tiny, tender bay scallop to the larger meaty diver scallops. They all carry a rich, buttery sweet flavor that simply melts in your mouth. In addition to their tantalizing taste, scallops contain a variety of nutrients- vitamin B12, magnesium, phosphorus and Omega 3 fatty acids.

I have recently spent some time drooling on the seafood counter, to the chagrin of the Seafood Freshies, at our dry packed U8 Diver scallops.

Maybe you haven’t notice or heard about dry scallops. Dry scallops are unprocessed, with nothing added to them after harvest. Dry scallops are all wild and natural. They are harvested directly from the ocean, shucked on deck, and then immediately sent on the boat to market.  Dry scallops caramelize naturally during cooking to a golden brown color that is stunning on a plate.

And diver scallops are just that: Scallops harvested by divers in an environmentally friendly method.  These scallops are caught by hand on the ocean floor just for you! How cool is that? Very.

Scallops are a very lean protein, and they can toughen very easily upon cooking.  It is very important not to overcook scallops as they can go from succulent to rubber ducky pretty quick.  Try not taking your eyes off them when cooking to make sure that you remove them from the heat when they are still moist, juicy and plump!