Mussels (Mytilus edulis), cultured in the cool clean waters surrounding Prince Edward Island, are one of North America’s most popular seafoods. As well as being tasty, Prince Edward Island mussels are nutritious. They are particularly rich in protein and minerals while being low in fat and cholesterol. Cultured mussels are grown in mesh stockings that are suspended from longlines (ropes) in the water. The ideal conditions promote rapid growth, cultured mussels taste sweeter, are more tender, are plumper, and as a result have a higher meat yield than their wild counterpart. Mussels are bivalve shellfish. At harvest they are generally two to three inches in length. The shell is primarily a blackish colour with bluish highlights and has an elongated triangular shape.

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