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Welcome to the home of everything PEI Mussels. Here you can discover all you need to know to enjoy this amazing seafood. Check out our great recipes, tips on how to cook and prepare mussels, and why mussels are perfect for healthy living. Delicious, good for you and easy to make. There’s so much to discover about PEI Mussels!


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Did You Know?

 

Did you Know?
  • That 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.
  • That mussels have more iron and Vitamin B12 than beef? Now that’s really saying something!
  • That fresh blue mussels are gluten free?
  • That an average serving of mussels has 18g of protein?
  • The mussels are an excellent source of iron? A factor in red blood cell formation. An average serving of mussels has 5mg of iron!
  • That mussels have 9 times the amount of B12 found in Halibut?!
  • That the recipe, Citrus Honey Mussel Salad is a healthy alternative for an entree, full of protein, delicious and kid friendly?! Try it at home!
     
Myth Busters
  • Myth: You should only eat mussels in months with the letter “R” – Mussels are delicious and nutritious every day of the week, 365 days a year!
  • Mussels have gone bad if they are open before cooking – Mussels that are open before cooking are most likely still alive. Give them a tap either with your finger or on the side of a bowl and wait for the shell to close up. If the shell does not close after taping, then discard them.
  • Myth: You should throw away any mussel that does not open after being cooked – It takes around 5-7 minutes, covered (no peeking!), for an average serving of mussels to be fully cooked. Try to time your mussels when you’re cooking to ensure they are all fully open and cooked!
  • Mussels smell fishy! – Mussels are supposed to have a fresh clean smell, just like the ocean. If your mussels smell really fishy, that means they have gone bad!

Fun Facts
  • Mussels are filter feeders and filter 0.5 to 1.25 gallons of water every hour!
  • Mussels are an aphrodisiac! An average serving contains 2mg of zinc that is helpful in releasing hormones in males ;)
  • Mussels can actually live up to be 50 years old! But the cultivated ones are harvested around 12 -18+ months
  • It takes 11,000 acres of mussel leases to grow 45 million pounds of mussels
  • Mussel meat is gender specific. The female mussels are orange/pink while the male’s mussel meat is almost white