Sep 8, 2006

Dig Deep

Behold the geoduck clam (pronounced gooey-duck). The Chinese call it the 'elephant trunk clam' and you can see from these photos why. 'Geoduck' comes from an American Indian word for 'dig deep' - refering to what people have to do to get to them. I'm proud to say that I have gone clamming for these myself, though I have never pulled one as large as this one from the muck. Look at that thing! How can something so visually disgusting be so very tasty when made into a chowder? This is one of the many mysteries of life.

This clamming party had quite a haul this particular day. I'm truly jealous. It is a very messy and muddy process. But bringing in this many pounds of clam would make it all worth it (otherwise it is just a hazing for in-laws or your sister's new boyfriend).

Thanks for the photos, Emily.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I had no idea anything like that existed!

Raging Wombat said...

I'm glad I could finally contribute to your knowledge!

Anonymous said...

I suggest you advise all readers to view the picture after they've eaten...or just advise them not to eat! (clams)

Raging Wombat said...

I should come up with some sort of cease-eating alert.

Anonymous said...

I love eating gooey ducks. My mother loves to make it with rice, tastes great! Though I do think you have to get used to the texture.

Geoducks are prized foods in food markets worldwide and are a highly valued fishery for the state (Puget Sound) , estimated at $40 million annually.

Check out geoduck for info.