Huh? That’s exactly what I thought when the vendor said that is what these shells were called. She followed up with a bemused face, and total lack of conviction in her voice while explaining that wealthier people did indeed have more slender and longer fingers. At first I thought it might refer to folks with long finger nails, but she corrected me and pointed to my her own fingers. I can think of more than a few fairly well to do people with short stubby fingers, so I definitely think these are inappropriately named… :)
Reportedly good for goiter and other ailments, shells and shell meats are eaten in soups or suateed with vegetables. I haven’t eaten any of these type of shell meats, to my knowledge, and although I have eaten escargot and kuhol, I am not particularly fond of shell meats… I collected shells as a teenager, so maybe psychologically I am averse to eating them…who knows. Extremely high in uric acid, I gather, these would be off-limits for me anyway as I am prone to gout.
These shells, locally (in Tagbilaran, Bohol) known as saang, are also a delicacy.
These ones are called dawdaw.