We know those who hate mussels wouldn’t be happy about this, but the truth is one
. Mussels are one of the most delicate and delicious
types of seafood in the world! It may be due to their fine and exquisite meat or it may be due to the sea notes they bring. Whether it’s one or the other, we love them!
Luckily, today the mussel business is so widely spread that you can order this food almost anywhere
. However, back in time things weren’t just the same! Years ago, eating mussels wasn’t just a sign of delicacy, it was a privilege
. These little sea creatures were the long-awaited protein source people wanted to eat by the seaside.
Why do you think it wasn’t that easy to have them on the table? Well, it was you
(or someone close to you) who had to dive in the water and catch the food with your own hands. Of course, diving for mussels and other shellfish wouldn’t be everyone’s idea of the best holiday, right?
OK, let’s learn something more about this extraordinary food!
Black mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis)
is also popular as The Mediterranean mussel
. In fact, it’s known as the first twin-shelled mollusk about which Europe knows. Did you know they were first mentioned back in 1235 in France?! Later on, people started cultivating the species all over the European coast.
You already know that mussels are known to be super rich
in proteins, right? Well, it turns out people used them as food even in Antiquity. Today we believe mussels are an excellent choice because they are both dietetic (100g contain only 86 calories) and high in easy-to-digest proteins.
Actually, if we compare this particular type of seafood to some other sort of meat like beef, we might get a little surprised
. Lab results show that both foods are almost equal
when it comes to proteins. Mussels are even thought to contain 10 times more calcium and 2 times more phosphorus. Great news, huh! What’s more, they have about 1-1,5% fat, 1,5-3,5% carbs (mostly glycogen), minerals like iron, copper, manganese, iodine, cobalt and vitamins from the B group (B1,B2,B12) as well as vit. A and C. If you want to read more about mussels’ health benefits
, check out this article
What about the culinary preferences
? Of course, each country likes its own versions when it comes to seafood. The classic French mussels recipe includes lots of herbs, butter and wine, while in Spain people put them inside the popular paella
. Greeks, on the other hand, are famous for their Greek mussel saganaki
, which they serve with tomatoes and cheese (of course!).
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