What’s the Difference? Little Neck, Cherry Stone, Top Neck, and Quahog Clams
Actually, it might be more fun to ask what these all have in common (besides being mollusks, of course!). Can you guess? These are actually all quahogs! Little Neck, Cherry Stone, Top Neck and Quahog all belong to the same species of clam and they just refer to how large the clam has grown.
What Is Quahog?
The quahog (pronounced coe-hog) is a species of hard-shelled clam and the one we most commonly enjoy in our chowders and po boys. All those other names – from little neck on up – are this same species of clam and just refer to how large the clam has grown.
What Are Their Differences?
Little Neck: The smallest size of clam, amounting to 7-10 clams per pound.
Cherry Stone: A little larger, you’ll get 6-10 cherry stone clams per pound.
Top Neck: These are sometimes also labeled as count neck clams, and they equal roughly 4 clams per pound.
Quahog: These big guys are also called chowder clams and weigh in at a mighty 2-3 clams per pound.
What To Do With Them
What’s your favorite way to enjoy clams?
Related: How to Clean the Sand out of Clams
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