zoramargolis Posted September 7, 2006 Share Posted September 7, 2006 Every bag of mussels is required to carry a tag identifying its source, harvest date and shipping date. The best way to ensure good mussels is to ask to see the tag so that you can determine how long it has been since the mussels were harvested and shipped. If it has been a few weeks, they may be still alive, but obviously they aren't feeding after harvest, and have been living off of their own stored nutrients, so they will be less plump and tasty, and more of them may no longer be alive. All of the commercially available mussels are rope cultured and shouldn't be gritty. The best ones IMO come from Prince Edward Island. Though I no longer work there, I recommend BlackSalt as a good place both to buy mussels in the fish market, and order them in the restaurant. They sell a ton of them, so are frequently getting fresh deliveries. I'd be surprised if any place sells fresher, higher quality mussels. The restaurant has several different preparations to choose from ( I always get the Addie's mussels) and they are reasonable--it's possible to sit at the bar, have a serving of mussels and a glass of wine and get change back from a $20 bill. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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