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Large pullet carpet shell clam

€72.00 Kg
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Contains 40–60 pieces per kilo. This clam is characterised by its cream, grey and brown tones, not too dissimilar to the grooved carpet shell clam. Its meat is a little more tender than that of the bonded carpet shell clam, meaning it can be eaten raw or grilled, although it’s normally used in seafood dishes.

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0.5 Kg
0.5 Kg x €72.00 / Kg = €36.00

The pullet carpet shell clam (venerupies bullastra) is one of the best known in Galicia, alongside the grooved carpet shell clam, the Japanese clam and the banded carpet shell clam. It lives in salty waters, about 5–30 cm from the surface in sandy or muddy seabeds, where it hides and feeds on small living creatures by filtering water. All these varieties of clams have the same oval shape but vary in size and colour.

 The pullet carpet shell clam is normally pale grey or cream in colour, with faint bands of a deeper hue and fine lines running along its shell, parallel to the rim. It can be differentiated from other clams by the siphons that run attached, along its entire length. It’s of a similar quality to the grooved carpet shell clam, but doesn’t survive as long out of water.

In addition to its delicious flavour, it stands out nutritionally for its high mineral (iron, potassium, selenium and calcium) and vitamin content (B vitamins, especially vitamin B12). It’s an excellent food for strengthening our immune system and boosting our defences. It’s also recommended for people suffering from anaemia.

Although the clams are already cleaned, it’s best to submerge them in cold salted water for an hour before cooking to open them up and release any sand trapped inside. Drain and wash them well. Then check that they’re all alive. If any of them have open valves, it means that they’re dead.

 After this process, they can be prepared as desired. They can be steamed, made a la marinera, or feature in rice dishes, fish soups and stews. In any case, the cooking time should always be kept to a minimum, and if you decide to steam them, adding a bay leaf or two is a great idea.

Do not use force when opening any clams that are still closed after cooking.

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