Fresh Mussels are shellfish and part of the Clam family or Bivalve Molluscs that live both in saltwater & freshwater environments. The mussel has an elongated & asymmetrical, unlike other clams that have a more oval rounded shell. The use of term Mussel is often used to mean edible types of Bivalves that exist on intertidal seas estuaries & exposed sea shores. They use their strong byssal threads or beards as they are more commonly known to attach themselves to rock or other solid surfaces to put them in the best place to receive both clean oxygenated water and food
A Mussel can reach maturity in a year to a year and a half reaching an average size of approximately 40mm. Farming fresh mussels takes a few different forms depending on the location of where the mussels are being grown. Many are grown on ropes in the menai straits which is the stretch of shallow tidal water between the north Wales peninsular and the island of Anglesey. After harvest, mussels are typically placed in seawater tanks to rid them of impurities before marketing. Farmed mussels are a good choice and contribute towards sustainability.
Mussels are a recommended nutritious food source rich in protein, and omega-3 oils, alongside necessary vitamins and minerals. Moules marinières is a classic French dish that will allow you to experience the delicacy of this seafood or if you prefer something a little spicy you could include mussels in a Thai Green Curry.