Raw conch is tough as a rubber tire, so it must be tenderized before it is consumed. Today, most seafood markets tenderize and grind conch for the consumer. The conch does not come from the Florida Keys waters anymore, however. This large sea snail joined the U.S. endangered species list in 1985. Conch is imported from the Bahamas, Belize, or the Turks and Caicos Islands. NOTE: Prep time does not include overnight refrigeration. From "The Florida Keys Cookbook" and posted for ZWT5.