Mussels are one of the healthiest seafood delicacies you can eat. The tasty clams are packed with vitamins that help your mind and body stay balanced. Full of vitamin B12, selenium, and iron, these bivalves are the superfood of the sea. According to the Shellfish Association of Great Britain, mussels are higher in vitamin B12 than both beef and salmon. They contain five times more vitamin B12 than salmon and nine times more than red meat. They’re also loaded with riboflavin. The riboflavin found in this mouthwatering seafood is three times higher than chicken!
Vitamin B12 is essential for maintaining the normal function of the brain and nervous system. While more research is needed, some scientific studies indicate that a vitamin B12 deficiency may be linked to serious conditions like depression and gastrointestinal problems. In addition to affecting your mood, vitamin B12 is responsible for forming red blood cells and iron, another nutrient found in mussels, provides oxygen cells to body tissue. Lack of iron in your diet can lead to anemia causing fatigue, weakness, headaches, and frequent infections. Selenium is a mineral which is important to your body’s defense system. It works by preventing damage to cells and tissues. All seafood contains selenium, but mussels have 68 percent of your recommended daily value.
We get our mussels from Prince Edward Island where they are cultured to be sweeter, yield more meat, and possess no grit from the sand. The region is known for its lush, rolling hills and red-white sandy beaches. This succulent seafood is harvested on the Canadian coast where the temperature and marine conditions are perfect. Like lobsters, mussels were once considered to be at the lower end of edible seafood, but their reputation gradually changed in the late 1800s. Mussels have been readily harvested for culinary purposes since the 12th century. France was the first known country to use mussels in recipes, but it wasn’t until 1970 that Prince Edward Island started cultivating and harvesting the slender, blue-shell clams. Globally, the industry produces more than four billion pounds of mussels per year.
When dining at the restaurant or at home, choosing the right beverages to accompany your mussels will significantly bring out their earthy, salty flavor. If you prefer wine, try Chateau St. Michele Riesling. The crisp, light, dry, taste compliments this tantalizing seafood without overpowering it. For those of you who like a good beer with seafood both Stella Artois and Blue Moon make a great pairing, but for different reasons. Stella Artois is light and refreshing with allows the mild copper notes in the mussels to come through. Blue Moon’s stronger flavor is a delicious contrast between the seafood’s earthiness and the slightly tangy after taste of the beer. If the occasion calls for liquor, a smooth whiskey or even a vodka-based cocktail like a dirty martini will make a good combination and won’t interfere with the delicate nature of the mussels.
Whatever your preference, the next time you dine with us, try our Price Edward Island mussels! They’re the powerhouse of seafood!