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Top 10 New England by Patricia Harris

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New England Foods

1. Lobster

One of the pleasures of New England summer is setting a steamed lobster on a picnic table, cracking it with a rock, and savoring the sweet meat with melted butter. Homarus americanus, often called “Maine lobster,” is the world’s largest crustacean, and is generally served at weights of 11/4–3 lb (0.56–1.36 kg).

2. Clams

It’s easy to get confused by New England clams. “Quahog” is the Native-American name for the hard-shelled clam Mercenaria mercenaria, but the bivalve has other aliases. Small ones, known as “littlenecks,” are served as the ever-popular battered-and-fried clam. Medium-sized quahogs are called ...

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