Scallops are a nutritional powerhouse and an epicurean delight. The sea scallop (Plactopecten magellanicus) is the largest of the scallops. There are approximately 20-40 in one pound. The raw meats are creamy white in color and sometimes slightly orange due to the food (algae) they consume. The bay scallop (Argopecten irradians) resides in bays and estuaries from New England to the Gulf of … [Read more...]



There are two basic varieties of clams – Hard Shell Clams and Soft Shell clams. Soft shell clams found in the Atlantic include the ubiquitous steamer. Other East Coast hard shell clams include littleneck ( The most notable west coast hard shell clams are the pismo found on Pismo beach. Small butter clams are found further north in the Puget Sound area are small and very tender clams. Soft … [Read more...]



Escargot, the French word for snail, has been a culinary delicacy for thousands of years. The best-known varieties today are the vineyard (or Burgundy) snail and the petit-gris. The vineyard snail, grows to about 1 3/4 inches and has a yellowish brown shell. These snails dine on grape leaves and are considered the best eating. The smaller French petit-gris, which is about 1 inch in length, … [Read more...]



Mussels have been enjoyed for as many as 20,000 years, according to archaeological records. The most common mussel is the blue mussel found along the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Pacific coasts. The green-lipped mussel is imported from New Zealand. Mussels high in protein, vitamin B12, and selenium. ECO-TIP: Because mussels are severely affected by pollutants, special attention should be … [Read more...]



Mollusks are the second largest group of animals on earth and include more than 75,000 species. As filter feeders, mollusks process thousands of gallons of water. Because of this, it is important to know their origin to ensure you choose mollusks that are free from or limited in environmental contaminants. Learn more about the health benefits of clams, scallops, oysters and mussels. … [Read more...]



Oysters are shellfish that fall into the mollusk category, which also includes clams, mussels and scallops. Eastern oysters which are named for their origin-including Bluepoints, Chincoteagues and Lynnhavens-provide most of the oysters in the United States. Oysters are an excellent source of iron, zinc, selenium, vitamin B12 and vitamin D. ECO-TIP: Because oysters are filter feeders, … [Read more...]

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