Clambake Nation

Including most of the Atlantic seaboard and adjacent islands north of Chesapeake Bay, Clambake Nation retains a curious mix of maritime and farming traditions of the “Swamp Yankees.” Yet while outsiders may assume that Clambake Nation’s culinary traditions are exclusively Yankee, there are in fact many native and immigrant traditions hidden within that regional umbrella. The region is rich in shellfish, fish, fruits, berries, and root vegetables.

Unfortunately, contamination from its many riverside factories and mills tragically brought to an end the widespread use of many of its fish and aquatic plants. Well over one hundred of its traditional foods are now threatened or endangered. The quahog may be its signature shellfish, but other clams, oysters, scallops, and lobsters round out the regional bouillabaisse. Fortunately, the citizens of Clambake Nation have pioneered large-scale ecological restoration of rivers, bays, beaches, and coastal waters, so that many historically important food species are now being recovered.

– excerpted from Renewing America’s Food Traditions, edited by Gary Nabhan, with the permission of Chelsea Green Publishing (

Disappearing Foods

* Atlantic Haddock
* Atlantic Halibut
* Berry Berry Cranberry
* Boston Market Lettuce
* Brunswick Lowbush Blueberry
* Delaware Bay Oyster
* Dominique/Dominicker Chickens
* Clearwater Jerusalem Artichoke
* Marblehead Mammoth Cabbage
* Narragansett Turkeys
* See Full List

Tips to preserve heritage and heirloom foods:

* Become a seed saver through the Seed Saver Exchange (
* Purchase heirloom produce and heritage livestock breeds (American Livestock Breeds Conservancy,
* If you think a food is endangered, nominate it to the Slow Ark of Taste,
* Support community agriculture, farmers' markets and local food groups.
* Attend events that celebrate local foods.

Read more about Renewing America’s Food Traditions (RAFT).

Disappearing Foods (Full List)
Abenaki Potato
Algonquian Red Speckled Bean
American Beauty Apples
Atlantic Haddock
Atlantic Halibut
Atlantic Monkfish
Atlantic Yellowtail Flounder
Barry Grape
Beach Plum
Berry Berry Cranberry
Bloodgood Pear
Boston Market Lettuce
Boston Marrow Squash
Brunswick Lowbush Blueberry
Buffum Pear
Cape Cod Blackberry
Chester Bean
Clapp's Favorite Red Pear
Clearwater Jerusalem Artichoke
Columbia Pear
Connecticut Sweet Pie Squash
Crawford, Early Peach
Crawford, Late Peach
Cusk Cod
Dana Hovey Pear
Danvers Carrot
Dave's Shrine (Wolcottian Red) Jerusalem Artichoke
Dearborn Pear
Delaware Bay Oyster
Delaware Blue Flint Corn
Delaware Grape
Delaware Lenni Lenape Corn
Delaware White Flour Corn
Dominique/Dominicker Chickens
Dorset Pear
Early Chantenay Carrot
Early Christiana Melon
Early Scarlet Horn Carrot
Fall Harvey Apples
Frederick Clapp Pear
Garden Royal Apples
George IV Peach
Gilfeather Rutabaga/Turnip
Graniwinkle Apples
Grave's Beach Plum
Gulf of Maine Atlantic Salmon
Hickory Shad
Holland Chicken
Hunt Russett Apples
Irish Cobbler Potato
Jersey Wakefield Pewt Cabbage
Kearnerly Yellow Eye Bean
Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle
Killen Persimmon
King Philip Improved Flint Corn
Landreth Cheese Squash
Lawrence Pear
Lenape Cutshort/Indian Hannah Bean
Long Island Fig
Long Island Milk Cheese Pumpkin Squash/Pumpkin
Maine Yellow Eye Bean
Mankin Plum Tomato
Marafax Bean
Marblehead Mammoth Cabbage
Marblehead Mammoth Squash
Marshland Blackberry
Mayflower Bean
McLellan Apples
Meech's Prolific Quince
Milking Devon Cattle
Mountain Sweet Yellow Watermelon
Nanticoke Indian Turban Squash
Nantucket Serviceberry
Narragansett Turkeys
Narragansett White Cap Flint Corn
New Hampshire Chickens
New York City Fig
Newfoundland Blue Potato
Newfoundland Jumbo Potato
Newfoundland Sheep
Northeaster Pole Bean
Novascotia Gravenstein Apples
Old Jake's Rutabaga/Turnip
Old White Egg Eggplant
Peach Blow Potato
Peck's Pleasant Apples
Peconic Bay Scallops
Penobscot Bay Scallops
Penobscott Squash
Persimmon Tomato
Porter/Yellow Summer Pearmain Apples
Purple Cow Horn Potato
Quahog Clam
Rainbow Smelt
Randall Lineback Cattle
Red Dutch Cabbage
Red Warren Turban Squash
Rhode Island Dewberry
Rhode Island Red Chicken
Rhode Island White Chickens
Rubel Highbush Blueberry
Saco Bay Scallops
Shortnose Sturgeon
Somerset of Maine Apples
Spotted Aleppo Lettuce
Steuben Yellow Eye Bean
Striped Croaker
Stump-the-world Peach
Summer (Fluke) Flounder
Tall Arrow Pea
Toland County Blackberry
Winningstadt Cabbage
Winter Flounder
Yellow Spanish Sweet Cherry
Zimmerman Pawpaw