The clam is one of the favorite bivalves around here! We love it for its rich flavor, utilizing it as part of a variety of dishes, including pasta dishes, soups, and more. It’s one of the simplest seafood Orlando residents like you can make for your family and friends. Today, Lombardi’s is going to discuss some clam facts and explain why it is so beloved among seafood connoisseurs.

Clam is the common name for a subset of bivalve mollusks that find their home in the mud or sand of both the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines. The term bivalve refers to the two valves, or sides of the shell, that encompass this aquatic creature. The shell serves as a means of protection for the soft and squishy meat inside, and as seafood lovers, we are very thankful for it!

The clam can control its shell as it pleases thanks to a ligament hinge that allows for opening and closing. On one end of the shell, two odd tubes protrude. These tubes are responsible for the intake of water and nutrients and the excretion of waste. Additionally, these tubes act an important tool for movement as is it technically considered their ‘foot.’ A small nub can be extended through a crack in the shell making it easy for the clam to dig itself in and out of the sand.

Clams come in many sizes and have distinct characteristics between species. You can find a soft shell, a hard shell, and varying sizes of only a couple of centimeters or up to 5 feet long! However, all start out as eggs and then once fertilized form into small shell-less larvae which don’t develop shells until adulthood! And while reaching adulthood may only mean waiting a few months, some species of clams have extremely long lives to live! In fact, one of the oldest recorded clams lived for over 500 years!

As you can see, some of the seafood Orlando has to offer has an incredibly interesting story to tell! Stop by Lombardi’s Seafood Market on West Fairbanks Avenue to pick some up today!