If you’ve ever spent time in Washington or British Columbia, you may have heard of the Pacific geoduck. The geoduck (pronounced gooey-duck) is a type of saltwater clam that possesses a very… unique shape. With a fleshy “neck” or siphon that can reach lengths of over three feet, this mollusk packs more heat than just about any other shellfish on the market. Despite its grotesque appearance, the geoduck is considered a gourmet food throughout Pacific cultures, fetching prices of 20 to 30 bucks a pound.
Now I don’t know about the rest of you fellas out there, but I’d feel some intimidation if I saw one of these girthy members heading toward my table on a silver platter. Thankfully this monster clam can be prepared in a variety of ways. From sushi to salads to seafood hotpots, the geoduck surprisingly offers a sweeter than salty taste. Even still, you would have to really do a number on one of these big guys before I’d be ready to sink my teeth in.
The geoduck really is something else. I’m sure someone working at the Food Network or Animal Planet considered blurring these shelled peckers when describing them to the public. They may appear promiscuous in shape, but the geoduck is actually one hell of a clam in several other regards. Not only is it the largest burrowing clam in the world, but it’s one of the longest living animals as well. If undisturbed, geoducks can live over 140 years. Who says size doesn’t matter?
So next time you find yourself in a sushi restaurant with geoduck on the menu, get adventurous and give this phallic seafood a try. After all, it won’t bite – but it might spit.