New Zealand is known for its green lipped mussels, so I decided mussels would make a great topic for a TT.
Thirteen Factoids about Green Lipped Mussels
1. Their scientific name is perna canalicula.
2. Mussels are native to New Zealand and are found all around the coast.
3. They are also farmed on a commercial basis.
4. Mussels live on rocks in the intertidal zone and feed on phytoplankton.
5. The shells are a brownish/green color and the outer edges are green, which is where their name comes from.
6. The commercial farming of mussels is highly regulated. The mussels and the water they grow in are tested for toxins on a regular basis.
7. It’s one of the largest mussel species.
8. They contain a unique brand of fatty acids, which are not found anywhere else.
9. New Zealand produces over 140,000 tonnes of mussels a year.
10. At present the mussels cost $1.50 for a pound (NZ$2.99 for a kilo) at the supermarket.
11. The omega acids in mussels are said to benefit those with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
12. They are also said to be good for those with asthma symptoms and stomach ailments.
13. My husband loves mussels and eats them on a regular basis. I think they’re repulsive. I don’t like the texture or the yucky bits of the actual mussel. I’m alone in my dislike though because even Bella likes them. My husband tosses the shells out on the lawn and she spends days chewing the hinge bit that is left on the shell when the mussel is removed.
Do you like mussels? Have you tried New Zealand Green Lipped mussels?