Manila Clam

Elongated oval, with concentric rings and vertical and horizontal ridges.

Cream to grey, sometimes with brown markings.

Longer and flatter than the similar Native Littleneck.

  
Accidentally introduced to British Columbia from Japan in the 1930’s, Manilas are now very common on B.C. beaches and are popular with both professional chefs and vacationing children wielding colourful, plastic shovels.

Length

4 to 7 cm (1.5 to 3 inches)

Weight

Varied.

Habitat

From Siberia to China, and B.C. to California. In B.C., they are widespread.

Fishing

Found very close to the surface, they are easily collected by hand digging.

Cooking

Considered the sweetest of Pacific Clams. Steaming is popular, and they are often added to pastas and soups.

Notices

Beware of Red Tide or Sanitary Contamination. Check for closures at LINK.

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