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Seashells

Pen-shell (Tairagi) Pen-shell (Tairagi)

Pen-shell (Tairagi)

Although its proper name is “Tairagi”, it is commonly known as “tairagai(Pen-shell)”. The shellfish with relatively plain taste and fine texture. Considered as higher in quality than scallop because of its better texture and taste. It tastes good eaten raw, but its sweet flavor is enhanced when sliced somewhat thickly and grilled.

Trivia : The reason why shellfish is so delicious is the glutamic acid and inosinic acid content, but pen shell also contains high amounts of glycogen (a polysaccharide), which enhances the umami flavor.

Main production area

Setonaikai Aichi Mikawawan

Famous production area

Ariakekai

Season

Winter-Early spring