This clam is presently being called (mostly in writing, as opposed to on the street) the varnish clam, the purple varnish clam, the purple mahogany-clam, the dark mahogany-clam and the dark mahoganyclam; in 2002 it began to be marketed in Washington state as the "savory clam".
The purple varnish clam (nuttalia obscurata) is a new arrival to the waters of the Salish Sea, first noticed in 1991 in the Vancouver area, likely.
Oregon clamming guide 2019: When, where and how you can dig for clams. Posted on February 10, 2019 by admin. Henry learned to dig purple varnish clams, Oregon’s easiest, with longtime teacher Bill Lackner of Newport. (Photo: Kay Miller / Special to the Statesman Journal)
Fall and winter on the Oregon Coast offer many opportunities for rejuvenating. With their help we started digging out Purple Varnish clams.
A recent arrival to Netarts Bay is the dark mahogany clam (nuttallia obscurata). Also called the Purple Varnish Clam, it is native to Japan, Korea, and possibly China. It entered British Columbia around 1992 in ballast water, rapidly spread southward, and took up residence in Netarts Bay probably after 2000. It is now common in most Oregon.
How to Catch Your Dinner on the Coast. Posted by OCVA / July 9, 2019. Catching your own fresh seafood on the Oregon Coast is a rite of passage anytime of year, but in the warmer months it’s a bit more accessible – with crabbing, clamming and fishing.
Purple Varnish Clams have a good strong clam flavor and tender flesh, if not overcooked. Because they are smaller and lighter than Manilla clams, I consider them good for fancy seafood soups where whole live clams are included. note: depending on harvest location, many of these clams can contain a parasitic Pea Crab. Do not be frightened, these.
Discover the rewards of digging Oregon’s clams by purchasing a copy of the book, Oregon’s Clams. Digging clams is a recreational activity that can be enjoyed by all members of the family regardless of age as shown below by then 13 year old Katie and her twin sister Maggie were featured in an Oregon Coast Today articles March 2009 and July 2013 digging for purple varnish clams in Siletz Bay.
About oysters; Bay clam FAQ’s . Where to dig? In nearly every Oregon estuary, some species of bay clams can be found. However, abundances and variety of species is different for each bay depending on a number of factors.