Blue Mussels Flavor Profile

Blue Mussels Flavor Scale

Blue Mussels have plump, tender, sweet meats. Compared to Mediterranean Mussels, Blue Mussels have a milder flavor and do not fill the shell as fully.


The majority of commercial Blue Mussels are cultivated through aqua-culture.  Cultivated Blue Mussels have thin, dark blue, almost black shells.  Wild Blue Mussels have thicker shells which have a silvery hue and tend to have much smaller meats.  The average shell size is 2″ – 3″.

Range & Habitat

This species of Mussels are available on both sides of the Pacific Coast from Alaska to southern California, China to Russia, the Atlantic coast from Georgia to Prince Edward Island as well as Spain to the Netherlands and the Pacific coast of South America.  They spawn in opposite months than Mediterranean Mussels do.

Typical Wholesale Products

They are usually sold in 5 lb increments with an average of 15-20 mussels per pound.


Blue Mussels are available all year long but are at their best from October – May when they are not spawning.  Fresh seafood availability chart: green areas show peak availability, light green show limited availability.
Blue Mussels Availability



Nutritional Information

based upon a 6 oz (171 grams) raw edible serving.

* Calories/Calories from fat 147/34
* Protein grams 20.4
* Fat grams 3.8
* Saturated fat grams .7
* Sodium milligrams 490
* Cholesterol milligrams 48
* Omega-3 grams .9


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