Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Food Wednesday: November 2, 2011

I will say this once and only once… “Get your mind out of the gutter!”

Find out more about this exotic and intriguingly shaped delicacy after the jump

Millions of years ago, a group of clams sat down and decided they were sick of being eaten by pesky sea otters.  To out-fox the otters, they grew really long necks (we’re talking up to 6.5 feet in length) and safely buried their bodies in the sand.  And thus the North American Geoduck (Panopea generosa) was born.  Ok so maybe evolution doesn’t work exactly like that, but you get the idea.
North American Geoduck (Panopea generosa)
Considered by many to be delicacy (especially in parts of Asia where is fetches more than $168.00/ lb!), the geoduck is world’s largest burrowing clam.  Average specimens weigh between 1-3 lbs. and have a 2-3 foot long siphon (neck). 

Today the geoduck is prized for both its taste and texture, which makes its flesh very popular in many Asian cuisines.  Though I have never sampled it, many claim it possesses a delightfully sweet flavor and a surprisingly crunchy texture, though more than one online contributor warned that over cooking can endow it with the texture of a bungee cable. 

In many Asian cuisines the ‘duck’ is consumed raw (think sashimi).  While those in the States and Canada swear that lightly pan fried imparts the best flavor. I’ll let you decide.   
Geoduck Sashimi
See how enlightening things can be when we don’t sexualize our food?
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Eat good food.  Drink good beer.  And above all, stay classy.

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