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    Hi There,

    Just been visiting friends who live near a lake and there are tons of fresh water clams in it. Was wondering if these would be a viable food source?

    Does any one know?

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    A bit chewy, not like salt water clams and oysters.
    Best advice is to make sure the water is crystal clear and no toxins, as they can build up in the tissue.

    Short answer, Yes, but not a good idea nor tasty.

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    Well I don't know for sure but if the water is clean I imagine they would be fine to eat, seem to remember as a kid my dad and I gathered some freshwater clams and we ate them but that was about 30 years ago. The water where we gathered them had a well pumping water straight from an aquifer into the creek so we knew that area was nice and clean (was a swimming hole as well).

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    I have, but I did not like them at all. They didn't taste good, even with butter or salt added. Didn't get sick, though it is possible.

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    YES, if they are closed, BUT they will taste like crap. BUT who cares if you are starving.

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    Like Mick Dundee said in the first movie "You can live off them, but they taste like $hit.

    Like others have said, it mostly depends on the quality of the water they live in.

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    Do they suffer from the same Red Tide type poison that the salt water ones do?

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    nothin a little hot sauce wont cure


    yes make sure they are sealed when you collect em and put em on hot coals till they open up - thats the signal they are ready


    wild edibles: fresh water mussels - YouTube

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    Thanks for the feedback. Nice to know that they are edible, but will keep them in the "in case of emergency" list of things to eat.

    Water quality, unfortunately, is always more of an issue these days. The local town council, where my friends live, accepted a sum of money, if they would permit this mine to dump some "waste from Uranium mining" in the local water ways. The locals found out after the fact and were enraged, with good reason.

    So, apart from regular pollution affecting water quality, there are always those who put their pocket books before the environment and the well being of others. It is for this reason that those clams won't be first on my menu list.

    I just wanted to know if they were OK. So thanks!
    Last edited by Survive; 07-22-2012 at 09:45 PM.

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    Just remember any bivalve is a filter feeder, so as noted be super cautious about where you gather them.
    Do something! You're dead a long time, and it's later than you think.

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