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No one ever talks about clams?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 04, 2012 at 8:13 PM

And I'm reaally curious. I'm currently staying on the Homer Spit, which is a decent sized fishing/clamming community in Alaska. Today was the lowest tide of the year, and tomorrow will be quite low as well. While I was walking along the sand, I noticed... CLAM HOLES. Lot's of them! I've never eaten clams before, but a cute local boy offered to take me to try some, and if I like them... I'm thinking about buying a shovel or clam gun to get some for myself. But I'd like to know... What are some of the nutrient properties of clams? Macronutrient profile? Any idea about the omega ratio?

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on July 11, 2012
at 03:11 AM

haha okay, just curious. I've spent plenty of time stomping around wazzu as well.

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on July 05, 2012
at 07:32 PM

Curses @ AaGFD!!!::shakes fist::

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on July 05, 2012
at 05:27 PM

Aw, I'd offer to help just to save you from your fishy/shelly longings, but alas... it seems you and I have swapped coasts. :)

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 05, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Growing up with all things fishy and shelly within walking distance, the end of the lawn, spoiled me. Gear in a granny cart, lugging up and down stairs, traintraintrain, and such doesn't make it a fun experience here in BK. I tried a few times and ended up super pissed. I have a pal in Jersey who fishes and offered for me to tag along whenever, no gear for me to lug!, and another with a car and we have plans to attack things in shells sometime. That'll have to do. Unless someone wants to drive me? Anyone.. Bueller.. :)

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on July 05, 2012
at 01:13 AM

Fried softshells from Essex MA are my favorite clam. I don't know whether you dig these on Long Island but fish markets might have them.

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on July 04, 2012
at 11:37 PM

Why are you not clamming in NY? I see you live in Brooklyn... and people go clamming all over Long Island. Even if you don't have a car, one of the north or south train lines should drop you near a beach where you could go clamming.

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on July 04, 2012
at 11:26 PM

A couple weeks ago I saw people digging a gravelly beach. Lacking the proper tools I used a crowbar as a sub for a rake to gather a couple dozen littlenecks and manilas, which steamed up nicely with butter, onions and garlic. If you're going after razors on that sand beach I got a tip on making them cook tender: leave them in fresh water overnight before cleaning and cooking. They can be as tough as shoe leather if you don't cook them right.

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on July 04, 2012
at 11:13 PM

Yeah, that's what the local boy tells me. He'll be tagging along to help, soo.

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on July 04, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Psssst... lots of places have restrictions on what size clams you can take out of the bays. Make sure they're big enough, and then eat 'em till your heart's content.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 04, 2012
at 09:46 PM

Washington Sea Grant, easy fat finger due to my frequent visits to WSU, @Mscott. For you - I will fix.

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on July 04, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Daaaa-ang! That's a pretty impressive profile. Thank you so much. And yes, I am definitely taking advantage of it. Halibut (or as my grandma jokingly pronounces it, hally-boot... Not so much the Salmon, I get that from Copper River, but oysters as well!). I can imagine you'd be very jealous :3

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on July 04, 2012
at 09:32 PM

That PDF is great, but it's not from WSU is it?

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 04, 2012
at 09:27 PM

Umm... if you're in Home Spit then you best be going to town on the offerings there. You do realize it's called The Halibut Capital of the World? Salmon. Oysters from Kachemak Bay. I'm kind of slumping in jealousy right now.

They're good for you, I promise.

Eat.The.Clams. Who cares if the local boy is cute, ok nevermind that's a bonus, go get dirty and take advantage of what you're surrounded by! As a former W. Coaster I grew up clamming, scooping up oysters, fishing. It's fun as hell and something that I miss living here in NY.

Clambake. Ask that boy for a clambake. Trust me :)

Nerd alert: The binomial name for clams is Tridacna maxima and they belong to the Bivalvia class in the family Veneridae.

A great .pdf of the nutritional value of shellfish out of WSG.

Clams are high in many B vitamins, particularly B-12, which is important for correct nerve function. One serving of clams provides 1,870 percent of the daily recommended intake of B-12, and you will not waste it because your body can store a few years' worth of the vitamin. A serving of clams also supplies 28.4 percent of the B-2 and 20 percent of the B-3 you require each day. Clams serve as a rich source of vitamin C, as well, providing nearly 50 percent of your daily requirement. 12 small steamed clams have Omega-3 Fatty Acids of 0.2 grams via the FDA.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 04, 2012
at 09:46 PM

Washington Sea Grant, easy fat finger due to my frequent visits to WSU, @Mscott. For you - I will fix.

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on July 05, 2012
at 05:27 PM

Aw, I'd offer to help just to save you from your fishy/shelly longings, but alas... it seems you and I have swapped coasts. :)

Medium avatar

(10611)

on July 05, 2012
at 01:13 AM

Fried softshells from Essex MA are my favorite clam. I don't know whether you dig these on Long Island but fish markets might have them.

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on July 04, 2012
at 09:32 PM

That PDF is great, but it's not from WSU is it?

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 05, 2012
at 02:30 PM

Growing up with all things fishy and shelly within walking distance, the end of the lawn, spoiled me. Gear in a granny cart, lugging up and down stairs, traintraintrain, and such doesn't make it a fun experience here in BK. I tried a few times and ended up super pissed. I have a pal in Jersey who fishes and offered for me to tag along whenever, no gear for me to lug!, and another with a car and we have plans to attack things in shells sometime. That'll have to do. Unless someone wants to drive me? Anyone.. Bueller.. :)

Cf4e7d927a48582cc22adbe59bfd0b2d

(753)

on July 04, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Daaaa-ang! That's a pretty impressive profile. Thank you so much. And yes, I am definitely taking advantage of it. Halibut (or as my grandma jokingly pronounces it, hally-boot... Not so much the Salmon, I get that from Copper River, but oysters as well!). I can imagine you'd be very jealous :3

41dfb1a4fecb38d24075ff52f13ccb28

on July 04, 2012
at 11:37 PM

Why are you not clamming in NY? I see you live in Brooklyn... and people go clamming all over Long Island. Even if you don't have a car, one of the north or south train lines should drop you near a beach where you could go clamming.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 05, 2012
at 07:32 PM

Curses @ AaGFD!!!::shakes fist::

A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

(12682)

on July 11, 2012
at 03:11 AM

haha okay, just curious. I've spent plenty of time stomping around wazzu as well.

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A2c38be4c54c91a15071f82f14cac0b3

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on July 04, 2012
at 09:29 PM

This article on shellfish by Mark Sisson starts out with him saying "I grew up in a coastal fishing village in Maine, and one of my favorite memories is being out on the flats at low-tide, digging for the clams that would accompany our occasional lobster feasts". I have similar memories that took place in Rhode Island. Point is, clams are tasty beasts.

As far as nutrition, Marks writes that "Fifteen medium raw clams (mixed species) gives a nice dose of vitamin A, B12, selenium, magnesium, and iron, plus 31 g protein, 7 g carbohydrate, and 300 mg omega-3"

In this review of the nutrient content of several shellfish (including a species of clam), they wrote that "Long-chain n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids were predominant (37.6% to 54.3%), with sea scallops containing more than 50%; n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids ranged from 1.5% to 6.5%". I couldn't find a full text version, but I think it's a pretty safe bet that clams have a huge predominance of omega-3 fat relative to omega-6.

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on July 05, 2012
at 12:08 AM

Heh...it's amazing what one will eat when the local cute boy offers to help. ;-) But seriously:

Mollusks

That's for canned clams. Surely eating ones fresh from the sea is even better, so you owe it to yourself to gobble these up. I can't see a down side at all. (Not even the comment from the link above about sodium--since many people eating paleo have pretty low, or even too-low sodium.)

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