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Carpet-Shell (Ruditapes Decussatus - formerly Venerupis decussata)
A bivalve, growing up to about 8cm, and living in the seas between southern Britain and the Mediterranean - they are often known as 'venus shell'. They are particularly popular in France, Portugal and Spain (where they are known as palourde, amÃªijoa and almeja fina - respectively).
They are good eaten raw, or treated in any way you might like oysters.
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