Anomalocardia brasiliana

This small bivalve mollusk, also called berbigão in Portuguese, barely exceeds 3 cm and can therefore be used in their shells as an ingredient for the recipe inherited from Italian immigrants who came to Sao Paulo, present on the menu of several restaurants in the country: Espaguete ao vôngole (spaghetti with Brazilian clams). Although it can be found all along the Brazilian coast, it is more abundant in Santa Catarina, where it is used as filling for pastel (Brazilian fried turnover) and other dishes, such as Sopa de berbigão (clam soup). The Brazilian clam is one of the ingredients included in the Arca do Gosto (Ark of Taste), a Slow Food movement to popularize ingredients in danger of extinction.