Mussels are a fascinating food – small in size but packed with nutrients and flavor!
Myth: Mussels have gone bad if they are open before cooking.
Fact: Mussels that are open before cooking are most likely still alive. Give them a tap either with your finger or on the side of a bowl and wait for the shell to close up. If the shell does not close after tapping, then discard.
Myth: You should throw away any mussel that does not open after being cooked.
Fact: It takes around 5-7 minutes, covered (no peeking!), for an average serving of PEI mussels to be fully cooked. Try to time your mussels when you’re cooking to ensure they are all fully open and cooked!
Myth: Mussels smell fishy!
Fact: PEI Mussels are supposed to have a fresh clean smell, just like the ocean.
A Healthy Serving of Facts
PEI Mussels are a 'power food'. Not only are they a healthy choice for you and your family, but they are also harvested with a concern for the environment.
PEI Mussels have more iron and vitamin B12 than beef. Now that's really saying something!
PEI Mussels are gluten free.
An average serving of mussels has 18g of protein.
PEI Mussels are an excellent source of iron, a factor in red blood cell formation. An average serving of mussels has 5mg of iron!
PEI Mussels have 9 (nine) times the amount of B12 found in halibut.
Mussels are filter feeders and filter 0.5 to 1.25 gallons of water every hour!
Mussels are an aphrodisiac! An average serving contains 2 mg of zinc that is helpful in releasing hormones in males.
Mussels can actually live to be up to 50 years old, but the cultivated ones are harvested around 12 - 18+ months.
It takes 11,000 acres of mussel leases to grow 50 million pounds of PEI mussels.