"There is a slightly firmer texture to this," Princess Kate said during a food festival stop

By Simon Perry
October 12, 2016 11:07 AM

The royals know how to put things diplomatically.

“Presentationally they are quite challenging,” Prince William said Tuesday as he and Princess Kate prepared to take a bite of a geoduck, a phallic-shaped clam that is native to the waters off British Columbia.

The couple took part in a food and wine festival in the idyllic setting of a hilltop winery in the Okanagan Valley on Tuesday – the third full day of their Canadian tour.

After seeing the seafood in its straight-from-the-ocean state, the couple were given two bowls of a Japanese recipe prepared with the clam’s flesh.

Prince William and Princess Kate at a food and wine festival in the Yukon.
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“There is a slightly firmer texture to this,” observed Kate. “It’s really unusual. I’ve never seen it before. It’s so fresh from the sea.”

Will and Kate sample local cuisine.
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Chef Ned Bell told reporters, “It is an extraordinary species. You can eat the body, but you can also eat the neck raw, which is what they ate.”

A geoduck

He added, “It is absolutely phallic, but at the end of the day it is a clam. Here on the west coast we have some of the best wild, well-managed shellfish in the world.”

Will and Kate walk through the Great Bear Rainforest in Bella Bella.

After chatting with some of the area’s best-known chefs, the couple also tasted some of the spirits on show. William took a sip of whisky, while Kate instead sampled the Laird of Fintry’s cassis (a blackcurrant liquor), which she declared as like “sloe gin,” the Daily Express reported.

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After spending a kid-free night in Yukon on Tuesday, the royal parents are set to visit the MacBride Museum of Yukon History followed by a visit to the small town of Carcross on Wednesday, with a mountain biking trek also on the itinerary.