Whelks (Buccinum undatum) are carnivorous gastropods, they can be found near the Channel coast, in shallow waters. They can also be called, cuckoos, rans, periwinkles or calicos. These large sea snails have a robust, spiral and wavy shell. Blondish colour when caught on sandy bottoms, but greener when caught in rocky bottoms. The whelks muscular feet are very developed and constitute most of the edible part. Used as bait for cod, the whelk is today one of the most popular products amongst fishmongers. Indeed, they are very famous for their delicious flesh and for their low calorific intake.
Tasty ideas :
Gratin de moules et de bulots
Rillettes de bulots et de bigorneaux
Bulots de curry et crevettes
Asperges et bulots, mayo au pollen
Our whelks are cooked in sea water following a traditional recipe. Whelks are best when accompanied with a sauce (mayonnaise for example) or a slice of lemon or aromatic herbs, these whelks will delight your taste buds. Eat them with in salad or even au gratin: recipes with whelks are not lacking and are all equally delicious !
Fishing Zone : Fished in atlantic North-East FAO27-7
Fishing Method : Bait box