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Nantucket Scallops

I believe that the Natucket Scallop season started Nov. 1. Have there been any sitings yet? I always look forward to my first sweet little scallops of the season.

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  1. Had some at Teatro Fri night, in a truffle sauce. Tasty, tasty.

    1. I know Foley Fish & Captain Mardens are stocking them.

      1. Saw them at New Deal on Saturday. Think they were $25ish/lb.

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        1. re: Splendid Spatula

          Just be warned - many wholesale purveyors sell Long Island bay scallops under the guise of Nantuckets. LI's wholesale for around $16/lb - true Nantuckets for around $9 more. There is a dramatic difference in quality. The retailers, themselves, are unaware, and simply think they got a good price.

          Believe it or not, the wholesale meat and seafood businesses are corrupt beyond belief. I keep trying to get someone to do an article about it, but I think writers are scared.

          1. re: almansa

            That's interesting- having grown up on Long Island I have no objection to Long Island scallops, which I always enjoyed for their sweetness. I'll take your word for it that they're inferior to Nantucket scallops but they're heads above the Chinese scallops I usually see around here. I wouldn't mind picking some up, especially if they were priced correctly.

            1. re: Chris VR

              I have nothing against Long Island scallops my fellow Melrosian, I just get frustrated with misrepresentation. And yes, they are far, far better that the Chinese pencil tops.

              1. re: almansa

                Oh, I'm right there with you! Sounds like some schmuckery going on in the pricing areas, and I'd be interested to see more info from a media source on this (see if you can get Bruce Mohl from the Globe interested?) I wasn't taking offense at a perceived dis on the land of my youth- just thinking I should try to get some if I can find them priced appropriately. Any neighborly tips on what markets get from non-sleazy wholesalers?

                1. re: almansa

                  When you say Long Island scallops, do you mean Peconic scallops or just the local dry ones that are normal size? The price is about right, $16 for Peconic wholesale, but there are so few harvested that fish stores here are only allotted a few lbs each season by their suppliers, if they can get them at all. There's plenty of regular local dry scallops available all year round for about $8/lb, and I could see those maybe being exported off the Island.
                  Unfortunately I've never had the opportunity to have Nantucketts and Peconics side by side, to compare, so I can't commment on that.

                  1. re: coll

                    Thanks for distinguishing. Peconic bay scallops are rarer than Nantucket's by far.

                    1. re: coll

                      Yep, pretty sure it's Peconics I'd be looking for. Ah well! Thanks for the info.

                  2. re: Chris VR

                    Peconic Bay scallops were once as fabled as Nantucket's, and I would be surprised they are really selling outside of the East End of LI because the supply is even less than Nantucket's, IIRC.

                    1. re: Karl S

                      they don't hold a candle to Digby (Nova Scotia scallops)...enough flavor to make it through even a cream sauce ;-)
                      They're even imported into the Boston area but I can't find the importer info that I dug up a few years ago :-P

                      1. re: Spike

                        I've had Digby scallops in Nova Scotia and can't say there's a pronounced difference, at least to me.

              2. Oleana had them as a special last Friday. Quite tasty - I think I prefer a good diver scallop though, since you can get a nice sear on those before they're cooked.

                1. Whole Foods on River Street in Cambridge has them ($25/lb) but they looked a little dried out.