Noah’s Ark (Arca noae)

…a species of Ark Clam (Arcidae) that is found in the Mediterranean and Adriatic Sea. They were previously more common in the Adriatic but declined catastrophically in 1949/50. Noah’s arks typically inhabit the intertidal zone, where they can be found in association with the horse mussel Modiolus barbatus. Like most species of bivalves, A. noae is a filter feeder, drawing water into its mantle and filtering out plankton and organic particles. 


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Image: M. VIolante


The Watering Pot Shell (Verpa penis), known indeed to the sober and professional scientific community by the Latin name, Verpa penis.

Verpa is a vulgar, Latin word which means “penis”. So they’re really trying to make a point here. I must admit, I’m not wholly convinced of the verpine (?) quality of this thing. Looks more like a parsnip to me.

Or maybe I’M the weird one? :0

Regardless! This strange root vegetable looking thing is actually the shell of a bivalve, related to clams; oysters and mussels.

They live half-buried in the seabed of south-east Asia, thick end down. The Watering Pot sends out a pair of tubes from the thin end and uses them to filter food out of the water.

The other end bears lots of tiny holes and looks just like the spout of a watering can. And if you look closely, you can actually see the original bivalve shells of their youth, kind of embedded in the thick end. It’s all that’s left of their original, more traditional shell, before all the rest began to grow.

Yeah. Pretty sure I’m not the weird one.

… Images: Ria Tan/Photos of NUS Toddycats & ICCS


クラムチャウダーで おもてなし

アサリの身は まだ 少し 小さめですが 美味しい 貝の エキスで、 クリーミーに 仕上げました。

菜の花と 刻みクルミ。

甘酢レンコンとマヨネーズ、糸唐辛子で アクセント。

自家製 ふすまパンを 添えて。

トマトジャム、リンゴのジュレ、カボスのコンフィで 楽しんでいただきました。