National Fried Clam Day 2020: Important date, History & Facts

National Fried Clam Day 2020: National Fried Clam Day is observed on July 3 every year to enjoy the iconic fried clam food and to remember the Lawrence Henry Woodman who created the fried clams. Get the information about the history and facts about National Fried Clam Day in this article.

Sheena | Updated Jun 16, 2020 11:25 AM

National Fried Clam Day 2020: Important date, History & Facts

National Fried Clam Day 2020

National Fried Clam Day is celebrated on July 3rd each year. Fried clams are an iconic food in the region of New England. They tend to be served in tents at the seaside clam and in the roadside restaurants. The clams are dipped in milk and coated with a mixture of regular flour, corn, or pastry. The coated clams are then fried in oil. Some restaurants use clam strips while some fries the whole soft shell clam for its full flavour. The perfect way for enjoying this National Fried Clam Day is to slurp fried clams with dipped in tartar sauce.

What is the history of National Fried Clam Day?

In 1916, Lawrence Henry Woodman created the fried clams which were the initiation for  National Fried Clam Day. He had run a restaurant of a moderate type when he kept the fried clams on the menu. It has garnered country-wide attention because of its flavor. The first popular fried clams had been made in Essex, Massachusetts on July 3, 1916. Thomas Sofforon, who owned a company, Sofforon Brother's clam & co, then created a new recipe with clam strips and sold it to Howard Johnson after an agreement that owns America's famous chain hotel. Then, the restaurant of Howard Johnson listed this dish in all of its branches and became more popular.

What is Clam?

A clam is an animal that belongs to a group of invertebrates called mollusks. There are over 100,000 species of animals in the Mollusca phylum. However, the clams are found in freshwater as well as in seawater. They live under the surface of the water or in coastal muds. Clams are used to be in a circular and oval shape and have two shells of equal size.

How to celebrate National Fried Clam Day?

Celebrate this day by trying out the recipe of fried clams with family. Or else head to the fine restaurant which is known for fried clams and enjoy the fried clams with your friends and families.

National Fried Clam Day -  Interesting Facts

The clams have low cholesterol and low-fat content. But it does consume fat in the process of cooking

Fried clams are mentioned in some of the American cookbooks and hotel menus in 1850, but they were mentioned with some other names and the preparation methods also differ slightly

In New England, fried clams are fairly popular compared to the United States. It is reported, however, that the fried clam originates from the United States

Different species such as hard-shell clams, soft shell clams, donax clams, geoducks, ocean quahogs, razor clams, surf clams, manila clams along with the respective subspecies are collectively called clams. Out of all this, certain species of clams can be steamed, which are called steamers. Quahog is one of the best steamers. Besides, one can also steam hard shell clams. The name steamers denote only the preparation process.

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National Fried Clam Day - FAQ

1. Where was the fried clam invented?

The modern breaded, deep-fried version is usually credited to Lawrence Henry Woodman of Essex, Massachusetts. On July 3, 1916, in his small roadside restaurant, he created his first fried clams.

2. Will a clam die if shells opened for consumption?

Most clams are shucked while they are alive, but this will not kill them immediately because during this process they typically only have their muscles cut off from the shell, and they can live longer.

3. What do clams do?

Clams play a major role in nutrient cycling, like Nitrogen. Clams do not absorb nitrogen directly from their environment, but instead use natural phytoplankton, which uses dissolved inorganic nitrogen in water to grow.

4. Is a clam an animal?

A clam is an animal that belongs to a group of invertebrates called mollusks. Clams have two shells which make them known as bivalve mollusks.

5. Do clams have organs?

Clams have their lungs, back, mouth, stomach, and nervous system as well. Many of the clams have a siphon.