Purple Savory Clams
Also known as varnish, mahogany, or just plain old “purple clams,” these clams are gorgeous, plump, and juicy. Unless you find an albino clam, expect dramatic purple shells. Also be prepared for the occasional tiny (and delicious) pea crab.
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Love raw clams? Hold off until the winter! Vibrio, a naturally occurring salt water bacteria, proliferates in the summertime. Cooking the clams kills the bacteria and makes them safe to eat. We don't recommend eating raw clams in June, July, or August.
Remember that consuming raw shellfish increases the risk of foodborne illness.