Students Push for Quahog to become official shellfish of Massachusetts.
Before the petite, versatile Ipswich clam bedazzled seafood lovers, the quahog “had a lot to do with keeping the early peace between” the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians, he said.
The quahog, he said, substituted as money and was used in jewelry, in addition to keeping bellies full.
No other shellfish has “influenced early Massachusetts history as much as the quahog,” said Ruggiero, who has been trying to get the Senate bill passed for four years, starting with students who are now close to graduating.
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