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Tellines: An adventure in the Arles/Montpellier region

famdoc | Aug 15, 200707:39 PM     5

Tellines are edible mollusks resembling small clams native to the waters of the Mediterranean in the stretch between Arles and Montpellier. During a recent visit to Ste. Marie de la Mer, a seaside resort in the Camargue, we enjoyed our first meeting with tellines at one of several paella joints. By way of background, according to our Arlesienne hosts, tellines are gathered each morning by professional telline finders who drag nets through the sand. On a good day, there are enough tellines for all of the restaurants and markets in the region. On a bad day, there might not be enough to go around.

Usually prepared en persillade in immense wok-like vessels and served in portions containing perhaps sixty tellines, priced around 14 Euros. Great with a simple white wine (we enjoyed a bottle of Picpoul de Pinet, a wine native to the Coteaux de Languedoc) or with a draft beer.

We followed our tellines with a wonderful paella, our restaurant had live gypsy music.

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