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What is “Four-Head-Abalone”?

We often hear there are “4 head” abalone, “5 head” abalone. You may wonder physical heads can be found in abalone. Does it belong to the same family of other seashell marine living things?

“No of Head” does not represent no of physical head. It is another type of representation of weight. Dried seafood shops like to mention “no of processed abalone” found in 1 catty product as “no of head”. For example, “4 head abalone” means there are 4 abalones found in 1 catty. Fewer no of head, higher weight that type of abalone.

Please keep in mind that “No of Head” measurement varies in different locations, especially one between Mainland China and Hong Kong. It is due to different definition of Catty.

 

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