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Mussles????? Prince Edward Island vs Long Island Cultured (grown on a rope)

scunge Apr 30, 2011 12:28 PM

I'.ve been seeing both in the local markets here on Long Island any suggestions ??? Thanks

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  1. chefj RE: scunge Apr 30, 2011 01:08 PM

    Doubt you will find much difference. The PEIs are also farmed. They should both be fairly cheap buy half one and half the other and do a side by side see which you prefer. Or ask your monger which is fresher, he should be able to show you a tag that tells you when they were harvested.

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      JonL RE: scunge Apr 30, 2011 01:25 PM

      One time that I bought LI mussels from a Bklyn farmers market they were significantly plumper and tastier than PEI from a fine fish store. Another time there was no difference. I don't know what sort of factors account for variability but what I'd at first thought was a slam-dunk winner now seems to be just a crap shoot.

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        chefj RE: JonL Apr 30, 2011 01:34 PM

        Age, spawning cycle, water temp and a myriad of other factors could all be culprits.

      2. arktos RE: scunge May 1, 2011 12:06 PM

        I just don't like the long, rectangularish green ones (whatever they are), anything else is OK with me.

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          ospreycove RE: arktos May 1, 2011 02:59 PM

          arkos, I agree the "Green lip mussels from New Zealand and maybe Australia frozen then slacked out before sale in most seafood markets, are not anywhere near as tasty as the Black Mussels, wild, Italy, or farmed in North America.

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