Blue Mussels

Blue Mussels

Blue Mussels attach themselves to rocks, shells, pilings and other hard surfaces with their beards. These beards are actually called byssus threads, and should be removed before cooking. The Blue Mussel’s smooth shell is an elongated triangle with rounded edges. Growth rings on these creatures’ shells show their age, and full maturation takes one to five years. They can be found in both polar and temperate waters around the world.

Common Name
PEI’s, Blue Mussel, Bay Mussel

Scientific Name
Mytilus edulis

Seasonal Availability

Primary Product Forms
Live and fresh

Product Profile









Cultured Blue Mussels are pre-cleaned prior to distribution; however, remove any of the “beard”, or Byssus threads that remain, and always give the mussels a quick rinse prior to cooking. The fresh water should cause living mussels to close, at least partially. Discard any shells that fail to do so or are visually chipped or broken. Blue Mussels are typically steamed in water, wine or broth which can contain a wide variety of herbs and spices. Blue Mussels cook very quickly, and are finished when all Mussels have opened.

Nutrition Facts
1 servings per container
Serving size 1 lb

Amount per serving
Calories 390
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 127mg 43%
Sodium 1297mg 57%
Total Carbohydrate 16.7g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 54g

Calcium 12mg 1%
Iron 100mg 556%
Potassium 1452%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Farm-raised and wild from PEI (Prince Edward Island) and Maine.

Rated Best Choice (green) by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.

Mussels have been cultivated for almost 800 years in Europe, and have been used as a food source for more then 20,000 years.

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