This time of July the Cape Cod “Day Boat” fishermen are arriving back in port each day carrying their precious catch of seafood treasure: the tender, sweet Cape sea scallop. All summer these small commercial vessels – or Day Boats – harvest from Cape Cod and Nantucket Bay the precious Cape sea scallop that locals love.
Chef’s all over New England prize the delicate, Cape sea scallop for its exceptional delicious flavor and plumpness. The day boat scallops are a true renowned delicacy. No where else in the world can these clean, sweet, succulent scallops be found.
From June or July through early Fall the day boats will harvest the wild-caught scallops from the pristine Cape Cod and Nantucket bay waters and sell them straight to local buyers where the scallops are processed and sent out to fine restaurants and seafood retailers. As popular as Maine Lobster this time of year, the scallops are so prized by locals, that most Cape sea scallops never get the chance to leave New England. Cape Cod and Boston restaurants have a long standing tradition of offering freshly caught Cape sea scallops.
|Provincetown Cape Sea Scallops. Source WorldtoTable.com|
So what is the solution for those seafood lovers that can’t get to Cape Cod this summer?
Thanks to a Cape Cod online service – Lobsters-Online.Com – fresh day boat Cape scallops can now be ordered and shipped overnight anywhere in the country.
The Lobsters-Online.Com fulfillment facility — located in Bourne, Massachusetts on Cape Cod – processes the day boat scallops by hand.
“Our sea scallops are true “day boats” sourced daily from Provincetown Harbor on Cape Cod,” said Dan Brandt, the Lobster Trap Company domestic seafood buying manager. “The scallops are all natural, shipped dry and chemical free. They are hand shucked and shipped within 24 hours. Our scallops are never processed, treated, or frozen ensuring they are as fresh as if you caught them yourself!”
These sea scallops are so flavorful on their own that local chefs will tell you that if you add more than two ingredients to your recipe, “it’s too much.” Cape scallops can be baked, broiled, sautéed or fried. Many folks simply use a hot pan with a bit of butter. Just pat the scallops dry and drop them in a hot pan and let them sizzle for a minute. (Careful: the scallops cook really fast.)
Indeed, the day boat scallops are so highly prized by locals that they are celebrated each September at the Bourne Scallop Fest on Cape Cod. This year’s event begins Sept. 20, 2013 and will be held at the Buzzards Bay Park in Buzzards Bay, MA. More than 55,000 people are expected to partake in sea scallop dinners, raw bars, craft shows and non stop music. Among the headliners, on Saturday night are Entrain, the the eclectic Martha’s Vineyard-based band of a million years.