How does one farm this strange beast the shape of a giant tumescent wang and what does it take to pull this freaky animal from the ground? What makes a geoduck taste its best? We went to the source to find out, touring Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Washington.
'geoduck' on Serious Eats
Every once in a while I treat myself to geoduck, a hefty clam that sells for a hefty price. Geoduck is often described as ugly or strange, but is it really such an unattractive mollusk? Its appearance is not unsightly so much as it is unfamiliar: a ponderous clam shell from which a firehose kind of siphon protrudes, wrinkled and dark, like an extraterrestrial creature rising from the depths of the earth.
The first time I spotted the enormous and bloated-looking phallic clam geoduck (pronounced "gooey duck") in a supermarket in Chinatown, I thought, "How the hell do people eat that thing?" After watching Mike Rowe on the Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs prepare geoduck sashimi, I now know. And will have nightmares of the elongated skin being pulled off the meat. Join the fun! After the jump!...