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Cathryn

Mussels

Can someone explain what lies behind the R in the month thingy for gathering mussels, just been talking to a friend about it but I cannot remember why!
RichardW

Water tempreture & breeding cycle. You can eat them then but they are not in their prime due to loosing condition whilst breeding & they "might" contain a higher bacterial load due to warmer conditions, this however should not worry you IF you choose your collection site well.

Richard
dpack

clean water
date dont matter
Treacodactyl

Not sure about mussels but some shellfish have a closed season to allow them to breed and that coincides with the summer months, winkles for example.

As for the water quality, I thought mussels can consume toxic algae and the toxins remain in their flesh? As these algal blooms are quite wide ranging in warm summers it's hard to guarantee clean water. And when there's heavy rain even the cleanest of beaches can be swamped with polluted water.
Cathryn

Thanks. As I pick mine from the beach in a fast flowing as clean as you can get estuary I feel quite confident about them.

TD you might be right but I ate a lot of these in my childhood from the same spot and have been eating them all summer... It's toooooo late. Smile
Treacodactyl

You should be ok then. Funnily enough I came across a site run by some professional body for shell fishermen and it basically said people should collect their own as they didn't know what they were doing.

I know quite a few people who collect their own and never heard of anyone making themselves ill and I know of a few people who've been made ill by stuff they've bought!
cab

Treacodactyl wrote:

I know quite a few people who collect their own and never heard of anyone making themselves ill and I know of a few people who've been made ill by stuff they've bought!


I've been ill with self gathered mussels. I think I under cooked them though. But you're right, it isn't common, at least if you gather from clean areas.

Regarding the 'r' in the month, its really a quality and population thing. Yes, they're breeding in summer so you've got a bigger impact on the population, but also when they're putting more energy into breeding then they're just not as good to eat. Still scrummy, if you're a fan of them, but not as good.
Jonnyboy

Out of interest unless you are getting native species of oysters rather than the originally foreign strains now raised here, it doesn't matter, because the water temp doesn't get high enough for them to breed, so all their efforts go into growing.
Green Rosie

Just about to eat a huge bowl of mussels for lunch - with lots of baguette to scoup up the juices Cool
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