This week we are writing about our Portland wharf neighbor, Bangs Island Mussels.  Bangs has been cultivating sustainable mussels off the islands of Clapboard and Bang’s in Casco Bay since 1999.

Mussels are naturally one of the ocean’s great filter feeders, farming them actually helps purify the water.  The farm fleet runs their vessels on biodiesel which is a nontoxic and biodegradable fuel that produces fewer air pollutants.  Mussels are an excellent source of protein and have a high nutrition profile containing calcium, iron, vitamin’s A and C, and omega-3 fatty acids.  They are incredibly versatile in the kitchen and you can endlessly vary the flavors.

Many countries have their own special way of preparing them.  The most famous and loved dish in Belgium and France is moules et frites, simply mussels and fries!  What better way to sop up the delicious broth!  Here’s the link to this recipe:

Check out this video of Bangs Island Mussels in action: