Sunset Shells

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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sunset shells (or sunset clams) are edible bivalves of the genera Gari, Macoma, and Soletellina, whose shells are tinged or rayed with sunset colours. They occur around the world, and are gathered for food in many places, but it seems to be only in the Philippines that they arouse real enthusiasm. Soletellina spp are there known as paros or parosparosan, and are highly valued, being steamed or parboiled in the shell to produce an excellent broth.