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January 10th, 2013
13 Facts About NZ Green Lipped Mussels

Thursday Thirteen

New Zealand is known for its green lipped mussels, so I decided mussels would make a great topic for a TT.

Thirteen Factoids about Green Lipped Mussels

1. Their scientific name is perna canalicula.

2. Mussels are native to New Zealand and are found all around the coast.

3. They are also farmed on a commercial basis.

4. Mussels live on rocks in the intertidal zone and feed on phytoplankton.

5. The shells are a brownish/green color and the outer edges are green, which is where their name comes from.

New Zealand Green Lipped Mussels

6. The commercial farming of mussels is highly regulated. The mussels and the water they grow in are tested for toxins on a regular basis.

7. It’s one of the largest mussel species.

8. They contain a unique brand of fatty acids, which are not found anywhere else.

9. New Zealand produces over 140,000 tonnes of mussels a year.

10. At present the mussels cost $1.50 for a pound (NZ$2.99 for a kilo) at the supermarket.

11. The omega acids in mussels are said to benefit those with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

12. They are also said to be good for those with asthma symptoms and stomach ailments.

13. My husband loves mussels and eats them on a regular basis. I think they’re repulsive. I don’t like the texture or the yucky bits of the actual mussel. I’m alone in my dislike though because even Bella likes them. My husband tosses the shells out on the lawn and she spends days chewing the hinge bit that is left on the shell when the mussel is removed.

Do you like mussels? Have you tried New Zealand Green Lipped mussels?

22 comments to “13 Facts About NZ Green Lipped Mussels”

  1. I’ve had these particular mussels but I love smoked mussels and smoked oysters. I had a can of them just the other day and shared one with my rats who loved it. lol

  2. Ugh, I’m not a fan of smoked ones either. Your rat can eat my share.

  3. I’m allergic to shellfish, unfortunately, so can’t eat them. Before I found out I was allergic, I tried eating them and just didn’t care for the taste or texture (the same for most seafood and shellfish, actually).

    I’m an odd duck.

    Happy TT! :)

  4. I don’t like all the bits inside the mussels. You’re not missing anything! A lot of people are allergic.

  5. Wow. I never knew they had so many health benefits. I’ve had them smoked, but I don’t recall if I’ve had them any other way.

  6. The green lipped ones are particularly full of the good stuff.

  7. I used to dig clams as s kid, grew up in a beach town. You have to put a lot of butter on clams and mussels to disguise their slippery ways.

  8. LOL – that’s very true! Butter hides many sins.

  9. I had no idea that these mussels had a fatty acid not found in anything else. Cool.
    I don’t like mussels either. And I only like clams in soup or dip. LOL!
    Texture is an issue. Plus, there’s an after taste my husband loves, but I do NOT.

  10. It’s the green lipped ones that are full of extra goodness. I hate kissing hubby after he’s eaten mussels. The scent seems to ooze out of the pores too. Very yucky!

  11. I’ve never had one with green lips. It looks fun. Hope they test the water and muscles of the ones i do eat.

  12. Definitely try them if you have the opportunity.

  13. I’ve never been a fan of seafood of any kind (maybe it comes from being landlocked?), so I’ll leave these to you. ;-)

  14. My husband likes them enough to eat everyone else’s share.

  15. Fun TT, though they are kinda icky tasting! LOL!


    My TT is at

  16. Icky is a good word for them. :)

  17. Since I’m allergic to seafood, I guess I won’t be able to try this. *sniff sniff* Great facts though. Happy Thursday, Shelley!

  18. IMO there are more delicious foods!

  19. Hi Shelley,

    Interesting about the health benefits. I just showed this post to my hubby.

    But for some reason I feel I’m chewing gum when eating mussels and I don’t like it. I tried cooking in pressure cooker, baking and some other ways, but no.

    Yet, once I ate it at a cousin’s, she had baked it in coconut cream and it was really yummy. I have been trying to duplicate that ever since as like NZ, we also get mussels here a lot. But I haven’t yet found the perfect way to make it.

  20. Chewing gum is a good description! Hubby just boils them in a pot, adding things like wine, herbs, tomato pasta type sauce to increase flavour.

    I’ll have to ask hubby about the coconut cream and see if he’s tried them this way.

  21. ahhh … one of my favorite “fast” foods :) so easy to fix … great finger food.

  22. Interesting read, but I still think I will pass on them. YUCK!