Those little fellows on the left are geoducks. You may have seen the geoduck on last week’s season premiere of Top Chef, when it was among the unusual proteins contestants had to choose amongst for their surf and turf dishes. It turns out that the geoduck (pronounced, awesomely, gooey-duck) is a type of clam. Depending on where your mind is at, it looks like either a tongue, an elephant trunk, or a phallus. The geoduck has a life expectancy of an astonishing 146 years. 146 years! During that time, a female geoduck will produce five billion eggs. Geoducks are fairly popular in both Chinese and Japanese cuisines. They are mostly eaten in hot pots, chowders, and as sashimi.
Below: behold! The preparation of a geoduck! Warning: depending on your feelings on extraordinary foodstuffs, the following clip will either make you book it to one of the two Boston restaurants serving geoduck (Asian Garden Restaurant or Big Fish Seafood Restaurant) to try some for lunch or lose your appetite for the day.