Unlike most other popular molluscs, including Scallops, Oysters and Mussels which are bivalves with two shells hinged together, Abalone has just one shell. Called gastropods or univalves, such single-shelled creatures are often of less culinary interest than their two-shelled cousins, but the 100 or so species of Abalone found around the world are a notable exception.
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Bailer Shells (Zidoninae subfamily) are large, smooth, cream-coloured, spiral-coiled, oval shells with orange-brown zigzag markings; their name comes from their use for bailing out boats. The most common, false bailer shell with its distinctive orange foot, is harvested off the south-east coast, while a very similar, but less commonly seen, black-footed species is found along the central to north coast of NSW. The larger melon shells are also a member of this group.
Banana Prawns have a delicious light, sweet flavour that makes them great for hot dishes, especially because their flesh holds well when cooked. They are a great local choice, caught off Northern Australia and you can also purchase farmed Banana Prawns.
Crabs are prepared and eaten as a dish in several different ways all over the world. Some species are eaten whole, including the shell, such as soft-shell crab; with other species just the claws and/or legs are eaten. The latter is particularly common for larger crabs, such as the snow crab. Mostly in East Asian cultures, the roe of the female crab is also eaten, which usually appears orange or yellow in colour in fertile crabs.