Mediterranean West Coast Mussel

Mytilus galloprovincialis

Characteristics

  • Approximate count is 18/24 per pound
  • Live Mediterranean Mussels are packed in 5 lb vexar bags
  • Grown locally in both BC and Washington State
  • Harvest date and harvest area are listed on accompanying shellfish tag
  • Keep the accompanying shellfish tag on file for 90 days

Handling & Storage

  • Keep mussels chilled, between 1° to 4°C
  • Store in the cooler, on ice, in a non-airtight container, and allow water to drain
  • Cover with a clean, wet cloth
  • Discard any broken shells and open mussels that do not close when lightly tapped
  • Scrub shells and pull off any remaining “beard” or byssus thread
  • Minimum shelf life is 3 days from delivery

Seasonal Availability

May to February

Flavour/Texture Profile

Cooking Tips

  • Live product has superior texture to frozen
  • For best texture and clean, ocean crisp flavor, steam until just open
  • Overcooking, can sometimes toughen, and shrink the meat--don’t overcook!
  • Suggested appetizer portion is ½ pound, entrée portion is 1 pound

Recipe Mussel Chowder