I want to like shellfish, I really do, and I like to think I'm making a real effort of it. I have a hang-up, though; everytime I eat clams or mussels, I'm always acutely aware of some black organ inside the thing. I've performed little disections and no, the black does not seem to be a solid mass.
What is it exactly that I'm eating here? Is the thing's digestive tract, something akin to a shrimp vein? Is this what they call the "belly" and remove to make clam strips?
Break it down for me, guys! Am I eating clam turds or what!