NATIONAL BAKED SCALLOPS DAY
March 12th is a food holiday celebrating a popular delicacy, the scallop.
Scallops are a cosmopolitan family and can be found in all of the world’s oceans. They are one of the most popular shellfish in the world and highly prized as a food source.
There are two fleshy parts of the scallop that are usually sold at market for human consumption. The adductor muscle is the white medallion of meat which is rich and sweet. This is the piece that is most familiar as the “scallop” we see on a menu.
There is also the coral or the roe which can range in color from pale coral to bright orange. This crescent-shaped piece is usually discarded before the scallop is sold at market because it may contain toxins. However, sometimes it is sold attached to the adductor muscle. It is bitter and some say it cuts the richness of the rest of the scallop.
These meaty mollusks are very low in fat and are delicious prepared in a variety of ways. Baking them omits much of the butter and fat that otherwise go into cooking this lean, white seafood.
Baked scallops are often found served as a delicious entree, however, they are also known and loved as an appetizer.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Try baking some scallops at home with this recipe: Baked Scallops recipe.
Use #BakedScallopsDay to post on social media.
Within our research we were unable to identify the creator of National Baked Scallops Day.