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Scallops November -

Scallops

The ocean's most delightful bounty has won over countless fans with its delicate, sweet flavour, says Clarissa Hyman

A scallop shell is arguably the most beautiful object that ever came out of the ocean deep. There is every reason why Botticelli chose it to carry Venus from the foam. So it was something of a comedown for the goddess when it became popular to use as an ashtray some years ago. Centuries earlier, the shell was the emblem of St James of Santiago de Compostela, a Galician town noted for its proximity to extensive scallop beds. Pilgrims to his shrine wore the shell on their hats to ward off evil and also used it as a begging bowl. The fan-shaped scallop, with its delicate shading and wavy outer edge, lends itself to beautiful prose as well: their lyrical Japanese name means ‘full-sail fish’. It refers to the manner in which the highly developed adductor muscle allows them to open and close their shells, producing a squirt of water to propel themselves through the water in leaps and...read more

  • Scallops

    January produce

    Scallops, kale, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, chicory and pomegranates

  • Lemons

    February produce

    Cauliflowers, swede, oysters, lemons and passion fruit

  • Oranges

    March produce

    Purple sprouting broccoli, cabbage and oranges

  • Shallots

    April produce

    Spring herbs, spinach, watercress, shallots, blood oranges and rhubarb

  • Asparagus

    May produce

    French beans, asparagus, Jersey royals, peas, spinach and rocket

  • Strawberries

    June produce

    Samphire, broad beans, gooseberries, cherries, strawberries and honey

  • Artichokes

    July produce

    Courgettes, cucumbers and artichokes

  • Currants

    August produce

    Aubergines, peppers, tomatoes and apricots

  • Figs

    September produce

    Peppers and figs

  • Pears

    October produce

    Wild mushrooms, onions, sweet potatoes, fennel, apples and plums

  • Dates

    November produce

    Savoy cabbage, pumpkins, celeriac, carrots, cavolo nero, potatoes, truffles and dates

  • Cranberries

    December produce

    Brussels sprouts, nuts, walnuts, chestnuts and cranberries

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