The select quality quahog shells are excellent shells with extensive purple that are highly sought after. There may be minor chips, but not significant chips or cracks. These are the top 5% to 10%. We do not upgrade from first quality to select if we run out of first quality.
These are sold by the half shell; they do not come in pairs. Each shell is approximately 4" to 4.5" long and 3" to 3.5" wide and weighs approximately 129 grams.
The quahog (or quahaug) is native to the eastern shores of North America. There are specialist names for different sizes of this species of clam. The smallest clams are called countnecks, next size up are littlenecks, then topnecks. Above that are the cherry stones, and the largest are called quahogs or chowder clams. The shells have been shucked and cleaned in cold water.
This species is not endangered. The shells are a by-product of the food industry and come from sustainable fisheries.
A USFWS export permit is required for all exports outside of the U.S.