Last week was the Sag Harbor Clam Schucking contest and on Sunday the East Hampton Town Trustees held their 21st annual Largest Clam Contest. Today I present to you THE GEODUCK!
Where’s my cocktail sauce?
Cannot wait to serve these bad boys at my next dinner party!
The geoduck “gooey duck”), Panopea generosa, is a species of very large saltwater clam, a marine bivalve mollusk in the family Hiatellidae.
The shell of this clam is large, about 15 centimetres (5.9 in) to over 20 centimetres (7.9 in) in length, but the very long siphons make the clam itself very much longer than this: the “neck” or siphons alone can be 1 metre (3.3 ft) in length.
Native to the northwest coast of the United States and Canada (primarily Washington and British Columbia), the geoduck is the largest burrowing clam in the world, weighing in at an average of one to three pounds (0.5–1.5 kg) at maturity, but specimens weighing over 15 pounds (7.5 kg) and as much as 2 meters (over 6.5 ft) in length are not unheard of.
Today, they sell in Asia for up to US$168/lb (US$370/kg) Its large, meaty siphon is prized for its savory flavor and crunchy texture. Geoduck is incorrectly regarded by some as an aphrodisiac due to its phallic shape. It is very popular in China, where it is considered a delicacy, mostly eaten cooked in a fondue-style Chinese hot pot.