Blue Ocean Mussels taste great throughout the year, but are at their best during the cold winter months. It’s a great time to pickle them for the summer, as they are bigger and juicier, filling the shell to the brim. In the warmer summer months, spawning can occur (normally around September and December), which reduces the size of the mussel’s meat and may lead to an unfamiliar smell. But don’t fret, simply rinse them off as they are still good to eat.
Alternatively, try our frozen products, be it whole-shell, half shell or just mussel meat. With world-class freezing and packaging equipment, the dedicated team at the factory processes and flash freezes on the same day of harvesting, ensuring the highest quality product reaches your plate. Offering the same premium quality and bursting with all the nutrients you need.
It’s important to buy mussels from a reputable supplier as red tide is a yearly occurrence. Blue Ocean Mussels is part of the Molluscan Shellfish Monitoring and Control Programme, which ensures that no mussels are harvested or consumed during (live/fresh) or from this period (frozen). As part of the programme water is tested daily and mussels are tested weekly for harmful toxins and our farm adheres to all the rules and regulation as administered under the Programme. The continuous testing ensures that our products are at all times totally safe to eat.
Red tide or Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) is the discolouration of seawater caused by dense concentrations of marine microorganisms known as phytoplankton. Red tide usually occurs during late summer and autumn and is common in the West Coast as it is often associated with upwelling – a process driven by the prevailing winds on the West Coast, which causes nutrient-rich waters to rise to the surface. These nutrients fuel the growth of phytoplankton, which also forms the basis of the production supporting the fisheries on the coast.
In South Africa, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries monitor all commercial farms for HAB under the Molluscan Shellfish Monitoring and Control Programme and the public can buy mussels from Blue Ocean Mussels without needing to worry about HAB.