… and other names by which this most peculiar shellfish is known.

Most Peculiar Animals. Geoduck.

Most Peculiar Animals. Geoduck.

The storms in UK lately caused all sorts of inordinate occurrences. Can’t say whether finding a couple of these on the shore of South East England is a normal thing or not, but that is what happened to me the other day.

My harvest that morning also included two other varieties of clams – very conventional looking and already gastronomically tested,.. tasted.

Clams

Conventional Clams

So, no challenge there. However, when I presented Tim with this,

Geoduck

Yummy shellfish!

as a prospect for that night’s entrée, the answer was a perfectly articulated: “absolutely not”! And you can see why…

But it didn’t deter my tastebuds, once I’d found out that not only these beasts are edible, but are at the top of the seafood lists.

Wikipedia says:
“The large, meaty siphon is prized for its savory flavor and crunchy texture. Geoduck is regarded by some as an aphrodisiac because of its phallic shape.[35] A team of American and Italian researchers analyzed bivalves and found they were rich in amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones.[36] Their high zinc content aids the production of testosterone.[37] It is very popular in China, where it is considered a delicacy, mostly eaten cooked in a fondue-style Chinese hot pot. In Korean cuisine, geoducks are eaten raw with spicy chili sauce, sautéed, or in soups and stews. In Japan, geoduck is prepared as raw sashimi, dipped in soy sauce and wasabi.”

So, how do I deal with it?.. Here: perfect instructions on how to clean a geoduck:

Yum indeed! Mine turned out really good too!

PS. It turns out, that my finding of the geoducks on the beach was unusual, because normally you have to dig them out!

Digging for Geoduck

Digging for Geoduck. Yeew!