Hotate has rich umami flavor and sweetness besides tender and melty texture. When scallops are raised in cold water in winter, they becomes to contain lots of nutrition and rich flavor.
Hotate is a rich source of protein, calcium, vitamins, and iron. Of these nutrients, protein, vitamin B1, and taurine are attracting attention in health foods. Taurine is particularly noteworthy as an aid to development of the eyes and the brain, to rids the body of bad cholesterol, and to reduces blood pressure. Hotate is also considered a diet food for its high-protein, low calorie content and abundant vitamins and minerals.