National Clam on the Half Shell Day
Facts on Clams
- Clams begin as a shellfish the size of a grain of sand when born.
- There are over 150 different edible species of clams in the world.
- Clams are a low fat, high protein seafood choice with an above average amount of healthful minerals such as selenium, zinc, iron and magnesium and B vitamins like niacin.
- Clams can be eaten raw, steamed, boiled, baked or fried; the method of preparation depends partly on the size and species of the clam.
- The clam has no head, no biting mouthparts and no arms or legs.
National Seafood Bisque Day
Food Facts on Seafood Bisque
Seafood bisque is a delightfully rich and creamy soup made with lobster, crab, shrimp, or crayfish.
Seafood bisque is often seasoned with wine or cognac and a savory bouquet of spices.
Seafood Bisque was developed as an ingenious way to extract flavor from the crustaceans that did not quite make the cut at the market.
The meat of the shellfish is puréed and added back to the soup as a thickening agent.
Seafood Bisque is cooked twice and some food historians say that the word “bisque” comes from the French “bis cuites,” meaning “twice cooked.”