Where To Buy Clams In Namibia
What is a Clam?
Clam is a common name for several kinds of bivalve molluscs. The word is often applied only to those that are edible and live as infauna, spending most of their lives halfway buried in the sand of the seafloor or riverbeds.
Overview of Clam
The term clam is generally applied to a wide variety of bivalve (two-shelled) mollusks. There are two main types of clam: hard-shell (Mercenaria mercenaria, from the Latin merces meaning “pay”) and soft-shell (Mya arenaria). Hard-shell clams generally live in deeper waters, whereas the soft-shell resides in tide flats. Soft-shells are generally not eaten raw.
There are two commercially important species of hard shell clams harvested in Florida, the southern quahog (Mercenaria campechiensis) and the northern quahog (Mercenaria mercenaria). These brown nearly- oval shaped mollusks come in three sizes. The smallest are Littleneck clams, which are the tenderest and sweetest and have a shell diameter of less than 2 inches. The largest is the Chowder clam, which has a shell diameter of at least 3 inches.
List of Stores, Restaurant and Markets Selling Clams in Namibia
Cape Town Fish Market
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below are questions in relation to getting access to a Clam in Namibia;
What do clams taste like?
Clams can be eaten raw or cooked in an array of manners. They have a nice, salty taste. However, the saltiness is more of a salt-water-y kind of way. They have a fishy taste but it is not gross nor is it overpowering.
Can you eat clams raw?
The clam, sometimes seen as a poor cousin to the oyster, can also be enjoyed both raw and cooked. Best raw are tiny littlenecks or mid-sized cherrystones. Others, like quahogs or mahogany, are too chewy to be eaten raw, but are perfect for chowders and other cooked preparations
What months are clams in season in Namibia?
Clams are available year-round for farmers. Wild varieties are available from October through June.
Are mussels and clams the same thing?
A clam is any of various bivalve mollusks, especially certain edible species. Mussels are any bivalve mollusk, especially an edible marine bivalve of the family Mytilidae and a freshwater clam of the family Unionidae.
Are clams expensive in Namibia?
They’re just expensive.” Diggers in Deer Isle and Stonington are getting anywhere from $2.60 to $4 a pound wholesale while shellfish dealers are charging from $165 to $180 per gallon, shucked, according to Stonington Shellfish Warden Raelene Pert.
Is a clam an oyster?
Clams, oysters, mussels and scallops are all mollusks, meaning they are members of the invertebrate phylum Mollusca. Their cousins within the phylum include gastropods, like snails and slugs, and cephalopods, like octopuses and squid.
Is a clam a fish?
Fish, clams, snails, and crustaceans are aquatic creatures. Fish are vertebrates, meaning they have an internal skeleton made of bone or cartilage.
Which is healthier clams or oysters?
Clams and oysters are both low in fat and calories while offering plenty of vitamin B12 and protein. Oyster nutrition is rich in phosphorus, zinc, and potassium, while clams offer manganese, vitamin C, selenium, and iron.
How do you clean clams before cooking?
How To Clean Clams
- Never select a clam that is already open or chipped, broken, or damaged in any way.
- Soak your clams for 20 minutes in fresh water just before cooking.
- Once the clams have been soaked, use a firm brush and scrub off any additional sand, barnacles, or other oceanic attachments.
Are clams healthy to eat?
Clams are a very nutritious whole food with a host of health benefits. They are a lean source of protein; are rich in minerals, vitamins, and Omega- 3 fatty acids; they promote sexual health; and have been found to possess cancer-preventing properties.
Why are clams bad for you?
Eating raw or undercooked oysters or clams can lead to serious illness or death in people with the following health conditions: Liver disease. Excessive alcohol intake. Diabetes.
Are canned clams bad for you?
Clams are high in protein, low in fat, ecologically sustainable, carry a low toxicity risk, and are rich in a variety of minerals such as iron, potassium, and phosphorus. A two-ounce serving of canned clams contains only 30 calories, but still provides four grams of protein.
When should you not eat clams?
Common lore states that we should only be eating shellfish, especially oysters, in months with the letter “R.” So we can help ourselves to all the oysters, mussels, and clams we can eat from September through April, but put the brakes on come May.