Salt Spring Mussel

Mytilus edulis/galloprovincialis

Characteristics

  • Approximate count is 18/24mussels per pound
  • These live Mediterranean mussels are packed in 5 lb vexar bags
  • Grown locally on Salt Spring Island
  • 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 any remaining “beard” or byssus thread off
  • Minimum shelf life is 3 days from date of delivery

Seasonal Availability

Available Fresh May - 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 Mussels with Tomatoes, Wine and Anise