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Abalone and its many uses and variants

3/31/2015 8:23:33 AM | by charm

Canned Abalone

Abalone is a kind of sea snail which is the second most wanted delicacy after Chinese seafood delicacies in the world. It is an extremely rich and flavorful meat which brought the brink of extinction to the West Coast. Majority of abalone species can be found in cold waters like the coasts of South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Western North America. It is highly treasured because of its savory taste, tenderness and freshness as well as its versatility when it comes to cooking.

The Abalone together with clams, sea slugs, scallops, octopuses and squid came from the phylum Mollusca which are best known for their well formed and colored calcareous shell. Their bodies are surrounded by an anterior head, mantle, and a large muscular foot. The abalone’s shell has low open spiral structure characterizing open respiratory pores near the outer edge of the shell. Its thick inner layer is composed of nacre that makes it highly iridescent and provides its attractive and strong interchangeable colors.

An abalone’s flesh is considered to be a desirable food which can be consumed either raw or cooked in various cultures. It is considered as delicacy traditionally reserved for special occasions such as weddings and other celebrations. It symbolizes wealth and prosperity and is a must have at feasts and festivities.

Farming of abalone started in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s in Japan and China. The primary farming regions includes China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea yet this is also farmed in Canada, Australia, France, Mexico, Chile, and United States. Once bountiful, these abalones can be simply picked-off from the rocks during low tide.

Abalone as Food

Abalone is best described as a cross between scallops and foie grass onced tender. The following are some of the mouthwatering delicacies which are best made from abalone meat.
• Pan Fried Abalone – A simple pan fried abalone is a best way to understand unique and crave inducing flavor of the abalone.
• Abalone Po’ Boy Sandwich – The fried abalone can make a delicious sandwich that you can customized based on your heart’s desire. Add and subtract ingredients as you like to make it in more palatable way.
• Abalone With Lemongrass – This recipe features thin slices of abalone with lots of lemon grass and ginger. Fresh abalone is better to use but canned abalone can also be used.

Canned abalones are often used for home cooking because of its cheaper and easy to prepare benefits. It provides little preparation which only requires simple slicing and sautéing until warm then serve with abalone sauce and a variety of green vegetables.

Different varieties of canned abalone are already popular in the market. There are full and round abalone core, rich in fragrance, tender in texture and some has thick core chewy strong flavor.
• Abalone Mexico
• South Africa Abalone
• Abalone Australia
• Abalone New Zealand
• Abalone Chile
• Abalone Yusheng

Abalone as Decoration

Abalone’s shell which has the iridescent inner nacre layer has traditionally been used as a decorative item. Its intense colors ranging from deep cobalt blue, peacock green to purples, creams and pinks are mostly used in making fashionable jewelries, inlays, buttons, and buckles.

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