Fresh Shetland Atlantic Scallops
What are Scallops
Scallop is a common name that is primarily applied to any one of numerous species of saltwater clams or marine bivalve mollusks in the taxonomic family Pectinidae.
Many species of scallops are highly prized as a food source sold as seafood. The brightly coloured, symmetric, fan-shaped shells of scallops with their radiating and often fluted ornamentation are valued by shell collectors, and have been used since ancient times as motifs in art and design.
Owing to their widespread distribution, scallop shells are a common sight on beaches and are often brightly coloured.
Varieties of Scallops
The Bay Scallops are caught in shallow waters closer to bays and estuaries. This variety of scallops are sweeter in flavour, but renders less meat. Bay scallops you can typically expect close to 100 pieces in a pound and cooking can be much more difficult. Many think the effort is more than worth it because the meat is so sweeter and very tender.
The most common class of scallops you will find available is the Shetland Atlantic Scallop, which are caught further away from land and have a much larger shell and more edible meat. Shetland Atlantic scallops are very delicious, easy to pan sear, and offer more meat per portion.
Which scallops are best?
How do you like your Scallops cooked?
Personally I prefer the simpler methods, Shetland Atlantic Scallops cooked in garlic butter and garnished with chopped parsley always goes down a treat with family and friends.