Abalone is deemed one of the "marine treasures" for its tender meat and high nutritional content. The meat tastes fresh and light. A dish or soup using it as an ingredient is bound to be a feast for the taste buds. Abalone shell (or shijueming, a kind of traditional Chinese medicine) is referred to as "Qian Li Guang" in ancient books as it is effective for eyesight improvement and corneal opacity treatment. Shijueming can also clear away heat, calm the liver, and has a tonic effect, so it is often used in the treatment of dizziness, hypertension, and other diseases. A thick layer of the colorful mother-of-pearl above the abalone shell can be used as the base material for decorations and shell crafts.
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