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Scallop; Queen (Chlamys opercularis)

A bivalve, belonging to the Pectindae family, like its larger cousin the scallop. This smaller version grows to up to 10cm, but 6cm is more common. It is common in the deeper waters off the west coast of Scotland and are gaining popularity.

The season for queen scallops runs from about June to October.

Try serving six in their shells, as a starter, and serving them with garlic butter (in the style of snails) or perhaps with a little Provençal sauce.

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