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Yes, sea clams can be consumed provided they come from clean waters (don't eat bait shop clams unless you know where they came from.) They make very good chowder, among other things.

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Bob, do you have a recipe?


Really easy.


You need really fresh sea clams. If you can't dig your own, the fresh type you buy in your local fish market will do. Strain them. Then cut them in small dice or strips.


The rest depends on how big a batch you want to make.

Finely dice a couple of fresh ripe plum tomatoes (pulp and seeds removed). Finely dice a medium red onion and a red bell pepper. Finely chop fresh cilantro.

Now in a glass, stainless or non reactive bowl, combine the chopped clams, tomato, peppers and red onions.

Add the juice of one or two limes (again, amount depends on how much you're making), lime zest, and also the juice of a fresh orange or grapefruit. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add cilantro just prior to serving. You can also add some chopped hot peppers is you want some heat.


Let it sit for at least several hours in the refirgerator, as the citrus sort of cooks the clams. Add cilantro, and serve cold.

Some think it's better on day 2.

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