COQUINA SOUP

by Jay Bullington
(Williamsburg, VA)

My mother used to take me to the beach (Lido or Siesta Beach in Sarasota, FL) to collect coquinas. We would collect about a pound or so - take them home and put them in a small pot of water and boil until they all opened up. After a few minutes of cooking that way, we'd strain out the coquinas to get rid of the shells and the little dab of meat left in each one ... and ... enjoy the broth. I can still taste it today (some 60 years since I have had any). Anyone have a good recipe for the same??

Editor says: this sounds great. We used to gather little sand crabs (also known as sand fleas) at the beach and prepare a broth just like you describe.

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