The State Shellfish

Pictured at right are a gaggle of what ought to be designated the state shellfish of Massachusetts-the quahog. While we seem to have committed to a state muffin (the corn muffin) and state polka song Say hello to someone from Massachusetts, we've yet to choose a bivalve. Come on people! Used in a zillion local dishes like chowder, pasta with clam sauce, on the half shell, casino... and with a long history of use by native peoples and settlers alike, the quahog is a perfect candidate. What's more the quahog is grown here in Massachusetts through sustainable aquaculture. The kids from a Taunton Middle School have been doing their part in promoting our two shelled treasure lobbying the legislature. It's time that the quahog gets the kind of recognition that the beloved corn muffin enjoys.

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