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The Queen Conch

conch shell

The Queen Conch is a gastropod found in the marine grass off the shores of The Exumas.
Bahamians pronounce Conch..”conk”.
As they grow their spiral shaped shell grows and the inside of the shell is a beautiful pink color and very smooth, and old shells are often used as decoration.
They grow to around a foot long and are highly desired as a food source.

conch shell

The meat of the conch is tough and therefore usually battered with a wooden mallet to breakdown the fibres. Then it can be breaded and fried to make cracked conch, a Bahamian speciality.
Alternatively the raw meat is finely chopped to make conch salad. If you want to try making it here is a recipe:

        • 8 oz conch
          10 tbsp fresh lime juice

 

        • 5 tbsp fresh orange juice

 

        • 1 ripe tomato, diced

 

        • 1/4 cup diced onion

 

        • 1 cucumber peeled, seeded and diced

 

        • 1/2 cup bell peppers (any color), diced

 

        • 3 hot peppers (or jalapeno peppers), minced

 

      • Salt and pepper to taste

 

      • Method:Wash conch with a mixture of lemon, salt and water.

Clean the conch and finally chop, Add the other ingrediants, squeeze the orange juice and lime juice, refrigerate for 10 minute and serve.

conch salad 

 

Created by Don

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