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essieness's avatar

When I bite into a scallop the big sea variety, what is the crunchy thing I sometimes hit?

Asked by essieness (7693points) June 5th, 2009

It’s super crunchy and sort of hurts me teeth. It also grosses me out a little…

What is it??

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Kayak8's avatar

<—-deathly allergic to scallops

Didn’t know about the crunchy thing. Can’t wait to learn the answer!

oratio's avatar

My guess would be sand.

noelasun's avatar

Maybe part of the shell? or what @oratio said. I second sand.

cak's avatar

I’m thinking sand…I’m wondering if they aren’t getting washed properly.

Is this a common thing or rare? If it is more common…might be the shell.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

It’s sand. Ick.

casheroo's avatar

Shell or sand. That’s what chef hubby says.

crisw's avatar


That muscle is the part that is eaten, specifically because of its size, so the whole scallop is made on it :>)

gailcalled's avatar

Aha. But isn’t there a little gristly end that one spits out?

essieness's avatar

It’s usually smack in the middle. While it’s not very big, it’s very hard and crunchy. More so than how I would imagine sand would feel. Someone along the way mentioned pearls. Could it be a very underdeveloped pearl?

These are the type I’m talking about.

oratio's avatar

The Pilgrim’s scallop right? I am not sure they make pearls as oysters do, but even if they do, oysters make pearls by coating a piece of sand with nacre.

augustlan's avatar

I always assumed it was sand. In fact, we used to say they were ‘lightly sanded’.

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