Photo by Tourism PEI/John Sylvester
Flex Your Mussels
It doesn’t take long exploring Charlottetown before you’ll come across blue mussels on the menus of an oyster shop or lobster shack. Delicious Island Blue mussels are grown in the bays and inlets surrounding Prince Edward Island. Island blue mussels are world-famous because of their clean plump texture, which requires no additives for feed. These mussels spend their entire life span suspended in the water column never touching the ocean floor, thus not picking up sand or grit. Being grown off the bottom also allows for better access to the suspended food particles mussels filter from the water, resulting in fast growth and high meat yields. The result is a fuller mussel; its appearance is a clean, shiny bluish-black shell, making it more attractive for serving right in the shell. PEI accounts for 80 percent of Canadian mussel production, with more than 41 million pounds of mussels produced by 130 mussel growers last year.
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