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Shan



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 15 1:47 pm    Post subject: Foot Long Mussels  Reply with quote    

Whilst snorkelling in Turkey, we came across many mussels, which were at least a foot long! I was wondering if they are edible and if so, are they any good?

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 15 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

if they are in clean water with no pollutants or toxic algae afaik all bivalves are edible.

do the locals eat them is often a good indicator .

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 15 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

were they these general sorts of bivalves?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33691781

Shan



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 15 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
were they these general sorts of bivalves?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-33691781


Yes it was! I thought because of the shape and because of the mussel beds that it was just a rather venerable mussel.

Shan



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 15 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pleased I didn't try to eat them. Looks like they are a protected species! Trouble is, my first thought about most things tends to be whether it is edible or not!

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 15 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shan wrote:
Pleased I didn't try to eat them. Looks like they are a protected species! Trouble is, my first thought about most things tends to be whether it is edible or not!


ummm me too .there are quite a few things that are now protected species that are (were) delicious.

something that strikes me about "protection"is that if folk find a critter delicious they might make the effort to protect it's habitat and harvest them sustainable ,much like the wildfowlers,lobster fishermen and scallop divers do.

Shan



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 15 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Agreed. It would be profitable for both the individual and the environment!

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 15 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

There is also some sort of bivalve from which the Phoenicians obtained a 'purple' dye. Don't know much about it, but that was so precious that it was mainly used for kings and religious ceremonies.

Interesting article.

Jam Lady



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 15 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I thought that was a whelk, used to make Tyrian purple to dye the emperor's toga.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 15 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

big snails

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 15 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shan wrote:
Agreed. It would be profitable for both the individual and the environment!


Hasn't worked for sturgeon, or whales, cod, tiger, rhino or any other species I can think of.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 15 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

north sea cod are back on the sustainable list iirc and the ones we were eating in northumberland were huge.

tiger and rhino are a "cash crop" for poor folk to sell bits of to rich folk rather than dinner for the locals(as were whales during the industrial harvest).

im not sure what the sturgeon position is at the mo ,fairly dire i expect.

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 15 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cod are safe to fish again but despite their tastiness and value and desirability, not because of it.

Tigers and rhino survive because men with guns guard them not because eating their dicks makes yours better.

Sturgeon have a tough life due to living close to Russians and Iranians.

If you're tasty, or contain Mycoxaphloppin analogues, you're an endangered species.

A better counter argument is probably cows and sheep.

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 15 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If people had decided to farm tigers 'One Man & His Dog' would have been a lot more exciting.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 15 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
If people had decided to farm tigers 'One Man & His Dog' would have been a lot more exciting.



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