Take a Closer Look at Mussels
Santa Monica Seafood's had mussels on the brain ever since getting home from the 2011 International Boston Seafood Show, and since spring is such a perfect time for getting mussels on the menu, we wanted to share with you some fun facts and figures about this amazing bivalve, reports www.megafishnet.com with reference to Santa Monica Seafood.
Mussels get a big thumbs up from sustainable seafood groups for a number of reasons. First and foremost are the methods that are used to farm mussels - very low impact. Some would even say that the farming of mussels has a positive effect on the environment, creating a watery world that teems with life. Harvesting farmed mussels is also a low impact activity, which adds to their allure.
Mussels are also good for people. Not only are they low fat and packed with protein, they also contain high levels of selenium, B12 and zinc, and have the highest Omega-3 fatty acid levels of any shellfish.
Cultures around the world enjoy mussels - from a steaming hot bowl of mussels with a side of frites in a cafe in Belgium, to garlicky Cantonese style dishes. Ireland, Turkey, New Zealand - mussels make their appearance in a variety of delicious international dishes. They can be smoked, served hot or cold, fried, marinated - people name it.
Mussels, like all bivalves, are filter feeders, eating plankton and other tiny life forms that they encounter. Since different ocean locations are going to be home to millions of different kinds of food, mussels pick up the distinctive flavor of the region they are raised in (just like oysters). Santa Monica Seafood carries a variety of mussels from different locations - big, beautiful green lips from New Zealand, smaller but plump mussels from Prince Edward Island, tasty Mediterranean mussels from the cold waters of the Pacific. Let your Santa Monica Seafood sales rep guide you to the best option for your menu.
Delicious, healthy and sustainable; what more could you want in a seafood! A great price? Well, mussels are one of the most affordable seafood items on the market - add them to your menu today.