SOURCING SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD
The mussels we source, from Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group (SSMG), are amongst the most environmentally friendly food products around! SSMG are a co-operative group in Shetland, who buy from many certified mussel growers.
Grown on ropes suspended from floats in the sea mussels feed naturally off plankton in the rich tidal flows that ensures their sweet and succulent taste.
Scottish rope grown mussels are an excellent example of sustainable sourcing and have an extremely low carbon footprint. The young mussels (as free floating larvae or spat) settle naturally on the suspended ropes, and then grow by feeding on sea plankton and do not require any external feed sources (or indeed veterinary treatments!).
Scottish rope-grown mussels do not grow on the seabed and are not dredged for harvesting, which means they are full-bodied and grit-free.
The mussel farms are independently certified by the Marine Stewardship Council and Friend of Sea eco-label schemes for their sustainable and environmentally responsible manner of cultivation.
If you pick some up from the shop, why not try our favorite recipe?
WHITE WINE & TARRAGON MUSSELS
Full recipe can be downloaded here.
Rope Grown Shetland Mussels
1 finely chopped white onion
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
80ml dry white wine
1 dessert spoon chopped tarragon
500ml double cream
Heat a dash of olive oil in a large pan, gently sweat the onions and garlic.
Add the wine, tarragon and seasoning then let it come to the boil.
Simmer and reduce then add the double cream.
Before adding your mussels to the pan, first discard any that are opened.
Put the lid on and steam for 4-5 minutes.
Now, discard any unopened mussels.
Serve and enjoy!