Good local news arrived this morning in the form of an article in the Cape Cod Times pertaining to the lowly scallop. Yes, that's right. In a time of dire economic news, we were pleased to hear that a recent survey has found a high number of seed scallops off our coastal waters, which bodes well for better harvests in the years to come. (Not very newsworthy you may say? We will take our good news where we can get it!)
And who knew that small-seed scallops are actually known as "recruits"?! And their younger versions, as "pre-recruits"! The number of scallop recruits, says the article, is up for the first time in about ten years and is the highest it's been since 2000. The reason is being attributed to environmental factors (what, no global warming??) and is also a cyclical phenomenon. It is predicted that it will take 3-5 years for the young scallops to grown to harvesting size. So 2011- 2015 look to be boon years for scallop lovers!
While we are on the topic, do you pronounce it "Scallop" as in "gallop" or "Scallop" as in "trollop"? Weigh in on that subject, please!