Clams are rich in protein, omega-3 acids, iron, calcium, iodine and vitamins, the basis for the tales of their special properties. You see, not only are clams a healthy dietary choice, they can also help your health. From pituitary gland problems to controlling your stress levels, clams are here to make your day.
The famous oysters need the least preparation! Served raw, with just a few drops of lemon and olive oil – on an ice platter! They are low in calories which makes them the perfect appetizer, but don’t be fooled – they are also rich in minerals. Also, they have the reputation of being an aphrodisiac, adding to their popularity.
Many people worry about the effects of clam eating on the environment. Fans of mussels needn’t worry. They are the most widespread clam in the Adriatic Sea, their orange flesh a tasty component of seafood risottos.
Try vongolas in salads and seafood sauces or steamed. The same goes for scallops, a very versatile clam that can also be baked, steamed, fried or used in a fine fish stew. Sautéing is especially reserved for Mediterranean mussels, which are gathered using a special tool for removing them from the hard surface they’ve attached themselves to.
Whichever clam you choose, the golden rule is the same – no need for strong spices, nor salt and pepper. You only need a refined palate and excellent dry white wines such as Malvasia or Pinot, to tease the exotic flavor out into the open.