Hokkaido Hotate Sea Scallop Meat [500g/Pack]
Hotate scallops live scattered at a depth of 20 to 30 meters in sandy, muddy ocean substrates with larger grains of sand than those where asari and hamaguri clams are found . Hotate scallops are bivalve mollusks that make their habitat in the cold water floor; they are known to prefer solitude. The Chinese characters for “hotate” mean “raise a sail.” This describes the way they move on the ocean floor, like a sailboat being pushed by the wind as they open and raise one of their shells. In the Edo period (1603-1868), hotate became a commodity of the Shogunate, who formally presented them to China in straw bags. Hotate is a food valued throughout the .