Our rope-grown mussels are not only delicious, they’re also packed full of nutrition and considered one of the most sustainable sources of seafood available. They’re so good in fact, that you really should be eating mussels every day!
The Sustainable Option
Rope-grown mussels are one of the most sustainable foods in the world. As a result, it’s earned a place on the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) green list. The fact that mussels are filter feeders also means that no additional feed is required during its farming, so damage to the environment is minimal. Mussels actually enhance water quality by clarifying water and reducing concentrations of organic matter.
At Blue Ocean Mussels, mussels are grown on ropes that are suspended from rafts. This allows the nutrient-rich current that contains a supply of food organisms to flow freely over the mussels providing a continuous supply of food. Read more about our sustainable farming process here or visit SASSI for more information.
Mussels are truly a superfood in more ways than one. It’s a great source of protein, contains very high amounts of Omega 3 and is packed full of good fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated). Mussels are also loaded with high levels of essential vitamins and minerals like Selenium, Manganese, Zinc, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C and Iron, just to name a few.
All this without any preservatives or antibiotics, the only “anti” you’ll find when it comes to local mussels are antioxidants or shameless punting like it’s great for banting (almost got away with a pun and a rhyme, anyway let’s get serious).
2g/100g total fat
The majority of this is good fats like Monounsaturated and Poly-unsaturated – of which about 90% is Omega 3. Omega 3 may help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis.
Vitamin C is important for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including the immune system, formation of collagen, and absorption of iron.
Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Protein is considered a macronutrient, meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it.
Iron helps metabolise proteins and plays a role in the production of haemoglobin and red blood cells.
Zinc is used for treatment and prevention of zinc deficiency and its consequences, including stunted growth in children, and slow wound healing.
Selenium is important for reproduction, thyroid gland function, DNA production, and protecting the body from damage caused by free radicals and infection.
Vitamin B12 helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and assists in the formation of DNA.