During the 1970s, in my early days as chef/owner of Ross’ North Fork Restaurant, mussels were an exotic ingredient in America while in Europe the Spanish, French, Italian, Belgian and Dutch people were consuming them by the bushel. Mussels are now common and readily available on the North Fork, but are not perceived as elegant or as widely appreciated as oysters, clams and scallops.
Actually, virtually all of the mussels that we consume locally are farmed on Prince Edward Island. Available year-round, they are nutritious and very inexpensive compared to other shellfish. They are also very easy to prepare. (more…)