A product of a collaboration between Island Creek Oysters and Galician cannery Mariscadora, these cockles are bullraked by hand before being preserved in sea water using traditional methods.
Shellfishing in Galicia is highly restricted, so licenses are often passed down through generations, often staying within families. Island Creek Oysters has chosen to source the highest quality grade of shellfish for this collaboration. Mariscadora's harvesting and canning production are entirely dictated by the seasons and the health of the shellfish stocks. They refuse to supplement from fisheries in farther flung waters, in keeping with their commitment to a single-origin, high-quality product.
How it tastes: Sweet, soft brine, with a black truffle-like vibe going on. As tasty as they are beautiful. Like opening a jewel box to the briney gravy-train of your dreams.
How to eat: Do as the Spaniards have done for hundreds of years - open the tin, open your mouth, and just eat it! Or, make an updated version of a clam dip to serve with chips.
Materials: cockles, water, salt
Made by:Mariscadora for Island Creek Oysters
Made in: Galicia, Spain
Specifications: 3.9oz (110g)
Further Reading: The ocean has shaped the culture, cuisine, and economy of Galicia for centuries. Nicknamed "the land of a thousand rivers", Galicia is studded with bays and inlets which are fed "rias" (aka estuaries). It's this magical brew of the fresh and salt water that makes Galicia one of the most prolific shellfishing regions in the world.