Oysters and clams – catching and cooking

The oysters found on many beaches are very nutritious. Only collect live animals; their meat goes bad very quickly. Always cook the sea mollusks immediately after harvesting. Do not collect them near a source of water or air contamination.

Never be careful enough when specifying, whether the molluscs are edible or not! Sea molluscs must never be eaten raw, you need to cook them at least 5 minutes and as soon as possible after collection.

Kicking out the knives
The grooms dig vertically into the sand, leaving only a small hole, through which they breathe. You can pull them out from there with a wire or a thin stick, or sprinkle the sand around the hole with salt, and when the shells appear on the surface – pull them out with your fingers.

Limpets and other molluscs
Little mollusks, like limpets, cut off the rock with a knife at low tide. Only collect alive; these stick tight.


Mussels and oysters should be cooked at least 5 minutes. Shells, which refuse to open in boiling water, throw it out, because it means, they are broken. After cooking, the mussels can be removed from the shells with a fork or a stick.

Simmering clams – Cook the mussels, to remove harmful substances from them.

OTHER invertebrate delicacies

Shell and shellless snails and earthworms are edible; it's best to catch them in the morning. You need snails by 24 hours to feed with green leaves, and then put it to death by throwing it into boiling water. Shell snails can be cooked, panless to bake – are the tastiest. Earthworms soak through 24 hours in salted water, then squeezes the guts out. They can be added to other dishes or dried.

Honey ants
They feed on nectar and water; some specimens resemble jugs hanging in the nest.