Wednesday, April 14, 2010

ABC Wednesday: M for Mussels

Baby mussels are black and grow naturally clinging unto rocks. They turn green as they grow. Green lip mussels are also farmed. Some times the babies escaped and are washed away.

Green-lipped mussels contain a unique combination of fatty acids that are not found in any other marine or plant life. One of these polysaccharides, glycosaminoglycan, is purported to assist in the repair of damaged joint tissues.[1]

Studies have also found that Perna canaliculus inhibits the 5-lipoxygenase pathway, which leads to the formation of leukotrienes. Many of the products of these pathways have inflammation-supporting properties. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_green-lipped_mussel

New Zealand is famous for her mussels. You can serve them raw, baked, BBQ, smoked or sauted.

According to James Michener, a particle of mussel shell is left in an oyster. This irritant becomes the growth of an oyster pearl.

One of my life's best experiences was collecting mussels at Whakatane beach. You can read it at this link. http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2009/01/whakatane-beach.html

ABC Wednesday is hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt


penny said...

Your photos are wonderful and I enjoyed reading your information on mussels.

gigi said...

Oh my, yummy!

Bitsa Lit said...

I need to go get some seafood!!

Ah Ngao said...

looks yummy.better than lala i think.how's the taste,Ann?
btw,i never met your little sis Dr Margaret.i join the Kuching Kwong Wai Siew Association which is located at Jln Ang Cheng Ho - very dull one - not much events...

x_pEpPeRoNi_x said...

oh yum! I don't get to eat these a lot, and I risk getting a nasty rash when I do, but I love them!

Kim, USA said...

Wow I love mussels too in the Philippines we call it "Tahong". Here in the US they cooked it baked but covered with cheeze. In the Philippines we cooked it like in your pictures above.
~ We split wood for winter we have firestove/fireplace and it heat the house very well compare to propane.
~Those kind of mangoes we don't have it here in US. We have mangoes here comes from Mexico but it is different. I go to Oriental/Chinese/Asian store and sometimes I find mangoes there like the one in the Philippines but it is too expensive ^_^.
Thanks for the visit I do appreciate it!
ABC Wednesday~M

Roger Owen Green said...

Love the pics.

Pulling Mussels from the Shell, song by Squeeze, came to mind.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Jay said...

And the seas are so clean, it's safe to just go pick 'em up! Lovely photos. New Zealand is such a great place.

(I'd love you to visit my blog, but it's down at the moment because my host server was hacked. Should be back tomorrow - they're working on it)

Jama said...

I'm not a big fan of the mussels!

Lynvingen said...


- http://lynvingen-photos.blogspot.com/2009/09/its-raining-men.html

aurbie said...

I love mussels. We head over to the beach side and bring back bags of them. A little cold for me to put my footsies in the water but in a another few weeks, I'll be there.

Oh, we dig clams on the beach side, too. Yum!