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warty venus clams

Warty venus from Roscoff, Brittany, France. Collected in 1985.

Praires, or warty venus clams, are caught in the Atlantic and amd are expensive, although the catch is strictly regulated. They are usually eaten raw but sometimes baked with garlic butter.

A praire plate, palourde plate, quahog or simply clam are the flat clams introduced from America in 1917. They thrive in the mouth of the Charente River. Also see palourde

Fish and seafood

Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Hans Hillewaert