Sunray Venus Clams
Sunray Venus Clam Flavor Profile
Sunray Venus Clams have stunning multicolored shells with plump meats, a briny taste with a hint of umami, and finishes with a seaweed, metallic flavor. The meats are light colored, ranging from white to cream to light yellow. The meats are larger and more plump than Manilla clams, yet still tender.
Suggested Shell Life
7 days from harvest in the summer and 12 days after harvest in the winter.
Sunray Venus Clam Description (Macrocallista nimbosa)
These clams have beautiful shells with a radiating patter, a highly polished look and a range of colors including brown, pink-gray, peach, golden-tan or lavender. These colors fade quickly in direct sunlight, but a Sunray Venus Clam fresh from the water offers a dramatic sunburst on a polished canvas.
The interior shell is salmon-colored when fresh or a pearly white while still in good condition. They grow to a length of 6", and compared to a hard shell clam such as a Littleneck, the Sunray Venus Clam offers almost 2.5 times more meat because the shells are not as thick or heavy and the meats are more plump. The meats range in color from white to cream or light yellow. The shells turn various shades of light pink and cream when cooked.
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Range & Habitat
Sunray Venus Clams natural habitat include the US Atlantic Coastlines from North Carolina to Florida, across the Gulf States to Texas, and as far south as Brazil. They prefer sandy bottoms and depths of less than 25 feet.
They were commercially targeted in the 1960s-1970s off the Florida coast. As of 2012 Sunray Venus Clams are commercially grown in the pristine, emerald green waters of Pine Island Sound, FL.
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Sunray Venus Clam Nutritional Information
based upon a 8 oz (228 grams) raw edible serving
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