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I bought some scallops and they have an orange crescent part attached to them which I haven't seen before. Is this part meant to be discarded?

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A scallop without the orange thing may not be a scallop! Sometimes it's just a piece of stamped out squid. Fresh is best, get them straight out of the sea, and lightly BBQ, yummm! –  TFD Mar 18 '11 at 1:59

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This is called the "roe". More on wikipedia: Scallop

Red roe is that of a female, and white, that of a male.

It's optional if you want to eat it, personally it don't like the taste.

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I quite like the roe, actually. –  bikeboy389 Mar 17 '11 at 23:48
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@bikeboy389 want to share a few kilos of scallops? :) –  russau Mar 17 '11 at 23:56

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