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Bouchot mussels. Where to buy them?

GOJIRA May 24, 2014 07:51 AM

I have several recipes I want to try from some of my cookbooks and they all call for bouchot mussels. I would love to buy them rather than substitute Prince Edward Island mussels. Anyone know where to buy them?

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    knucklesandwich RE: GOJIRA May 24, 2014 10:59 AM

    What cookbooks? And what recipes?

    Regardless of how they're cultured, PEI and bouchot are both edulis...the same species.

    Bouchot mussels are cultivated in France, and I don't think you can buy them in NYC.

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      GOJIRA RE: knucklesandwich Jun 1, 2014 12:12 PM

      Seems to me that restaurants are just using it as a marketing term. I just checked and it appears Thomas Keller's restaurants get their "bouchot" mussels from Maine. Im sure you can get them in NYC though. There is a fish store on Arthur Avenue that frequently sources their fish from Italy. Besides, a lot of our fish comes from China anyways.

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      pbjluver RE: GOJIRA May 24, 2014 02:10 PM

      I would go into Citarella's or Wild Edibles and ask the fish experts.

      1. Ttrockwood RE: GOJIRA May 24, 2014 06:43 PM

        "In France, bouchot mussels are protected by AOP (protected origin) status, meaning they have to originate from the bay of Mont Saint-Michel to carry that name. However, the species is the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis), which is the most commonly farmed mussel species. So, for all practical purposes, a rope-grown blue mussel is essentially a bouchot mussel."


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          thegforceny RE: Ttrockwood May 25, 2014 10:06 AM

          Odd. I posted the exact same link and it was removed. Oh well, as long as the OP received the information.

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            Ttrockwood RE: thegforceny May 25, 2014 05:50 PM

            Weird.... The mods took it away?

            Great googlers think alike! :)

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              The Chowhound Team RE: Ttrockwood May 26, 2014 01:02 PM

              We only took it down because thegforceny Flagged it after he posted it, so we thought he wanted it removed. Our apologies for the misunderstanding.

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            GOJIRA RE: Ttrockwood Jun 1, 2014 12:09 PM

            Have been quite busy lately so haven't had a chance to respond. Yes, i've seen that link. The thing is that most farmed mussels are actually rope-grown, so how different are they? That must mean most farmed mussels i've seen at seafood markets are essentially bouchot mussels.

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              knucklesandwich RE: GOJIRA Jun 2, 2014 06:07 AM

              While real Bouchot messels are farmed, farmed mussels cultivated anywhere but Mont St. Michel in France are not Bouchot mussels. It's a matter of "terroir".

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