Cherrystone Clam - Mercenaria mercenaria

Shellfish  <<  Cherrystone Clam

 Monterey Fish Market Seafood Index photograph of Cherrystone Clams,  Mercenaria mercenaria
 

Range:

Virginia to Prince Edward Island

Seasonality:

Year-round

Method of Capture:

Farmed and Dredged with hydraulics

Sustainability Consideration:

Farmed are considered a best choice, although hydraulic dredging on soft-bottom sea floors is considered low-impact.

Size Range:

(1 inch= count neck ) (1.5 inches= little neck ) (2 inches= top neck ) (2.5 inches= cherry stone ) (3 inches= quahog)

Flavor and Texture:

Briny-sweet and buttery flavor with a firm and chewy texture

Cooking Tips:

serve raw, steam, fry, bake, stuff, and poach in soups