Product #: 33008
Scientific Name: tapes japonica
Country of Origin: US
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Manila clams are a small, sweet clam that is native to Japan. They are similar to cockles in both taste and appearance. They were inadvertently introduced to the west coast of the U.S. and Canada in the 1940s and established reproductive populations. Demand for this clam grew and farming began to supplement the wild harvest.
The Manila clam is native to the western Pacific Ocean from southern Siberia to China. It was introduced to the eastern Pacific and is now found from British Columbia to central California.
Like most bivalve mollusks, farming is a very sustainable operation. Manila clams are raised in their normal habitat, the intertidal zones (or area between high and low tides). They are filter feeders, pulling water through their bodies and picking out all the particulate matter, and actually enhance the water quality through their feeding behavior.
Usually about 20 pieces per pound, this can vary slightly with harvest time or harvester.
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