Learn the basics of this deliciously versatile superfood that's tasty, good for you and easy to make.


The Mussel Species

The PEI Mussels you find in your grocery store or get served in restaurants are officially called 'Mytilus edulis'. This species of mussels grows all along the Atlantic coastline from the Virginia coastline to the Arctic. These salt water mussels are bivalves just like oysters, clams, and scallops.

What They Look Like

PEI Mussel shells are smooth, with a bluish black D-shaped shell. Ever wonder why mussel meat are different colors? The male mussels are cream colored and the females are coral. They both taste the same however – delicious!
Map of Prince Edward Island


All PEI Mussels are filter-feeders and get their food from the Island's nutrient rich aquatic environment. They feed by filtering water through their gills, separating the plankton from the water and spitting out the other particles they do not eat. This means mussels are not dependent on the farmer, keeping them 100% natural.

History Of PEI Mussels

PEI Mussels have grown wild for hundreds of centuries, and have been farmed for almost 500 years in Europe. While PEI Mussels are native to Prince Edward Island, it wasn't until the late 1970's that they started to be farmed.

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History of digging for mussels