- 1 How are PEI mussels farmed?
- 2 What is a PEI mussel?
- 3 What are cultivated mussels?
- 4 Why are PEI mussels so good?
- 5 Are PEI mussels safe to eat?
- 6 How long does a mussel take to grow?
- 7 How do you eat PEI mussels?
- 8 Are PEI mussels the best?
- 9 How much do mussels weigh per person?
- 10 Why are mussels so cheap?
- 11 What month do you pick mussels?
- 12 When should you eat mussels?
- 13 Do mussels have poop in them?
- 14 What happens if you eat a dead mussel?
- 15 What kind of mussels do people eat?
How are PEI mussels farmed?
PEI Mussels are rope-grown and farmed by dedicated mussel farmers who love what they do. The farmers collect mussel seeds in the wild, sort them, grade them, place them into socks, and then bring the mussels back to the water. Farmers maintain their mussels for over a year or so until they’ve grown to market size.
What is a PEI mussel?
The Mussel Species The PEI Mussels you find in your grocery store or get served in restaurants are officially called ‘Mytilus edulis’. This species of mussels grows all along the Atlantic coastline from the Virginia coastline to the Arctic. These salt water mussels are bivalves just like oysters, clams, and scallops.
What are cultivated mussels?
Cultivated mussels have small smooth dark shells and negligible beards, if any at all. The wild mussels are stronger in flavor, almost gamey. They also contain more grit than the cultivated. I prefer the more delicate taste and tender texture of the cultivated.
Why are PEI mussels so good?
Mussels, cultured in the cool water surrounding PEI, are rapidly becoming one of North America’s most popular seafoods. As well as being tasty, mussels are nutritious. They are particularly rich in protein and minerals while being low in fat and cholesterol.
Are PEI mussels safe to eat?
A Healthy Serving of Facts PEI Mussels are a ‘power food’. Not only are they a healthy choice for you and your family, but they are also harvested with a concern for the environment. PEI Mussels have more iron and vitamin B12 than beef.
How long does a mussel take to grow?
Most mussel farms use ropes suspended from buoys or rafts to raise their spat to commercial size, which takes 12-24 months.
How do you eat PEI mussels?
Carefully pour your steamed mussels and broth into a large serving bowl (we serve them right out of the pot to keep them hot!), and serve immediately along with the toasted garlic bread––perfect for dipping into the flavorful broth. Enjoy these PEI steamed mussels –they’ll go fast!
Are PEI mussels the best?
One of the biggest selling points for P.E.I. mussels is that they are consistently good. We don’t claim to be mussel experts, but we find that these mussels are sweet and tender, and they are equally great cooked simply in white wine or in more complex sauces.
How much do mussels weigh per person?
An easy rule of thumb is one pound per person or 450 grams (in the shell). Fresh blue mussels can be stored at home in your refrigerator for a few days so you don’t have to eat them right away.
Why are mussels so cheap?
That’s because mussel aquaculture is zero-input, meaning that the mussels don’t need food or fertilizer—unlike farmed shrimp or salmon, which require tons of feed and produce a great deal of waste. But mussels are cheaper, not to mention—in this writer’s opinion—generally tastier and easier to love.)
What month do you pick mussels?
When are mussels in season? Peak season for fresh mussels is October to March. You can buy mussels in their shells year round.
When should you eat mussels?
So from September through to April you can feast on oysters and mussels, but in the summer months they are to be avoided? Here is the truth behind the shellfish ‘R’ rule.
Do mussels have poop in them?
It is the plankton (and other microscopic creatures) eaten by the muscle that are still in its digestive tract when caught and cooked – ie. the undigested remnants the mussel did not have time to digest. So in actually fact, I am not eating poo.
What happens if you eat a dead mussel?
You can eat mussels raw, steamed, boiled or fried as an appetizer or entrée. The meat of dead mussels deteriorates, increasing your risk of microorganism contamination, food poisoning, infectious disease and other health problems.
What kind of mussels do people eat?
There are many species of mussels in the world, and about 17 of them are edible. The most common are Blue mussels (Mytilus edulis), Mediterranean mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis), Pacific Blue mussels (Mytilus trossellus), and New Zealand green-lipped mussels (Perna canaliculus).