Whelks, or scungilli (Italian), are a large marine snail (mollusk family). Whelk is similar to the conch, but with a darker meat and stronger, less sweet taste. These are generally removed from their shell and sold steamed and ready to eat. Whelk should be tenderized by pounding. The meat is 1-2 inches wide, and you'll get 10-20 pieces per pound.
Season: available year-round