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Real Good Fish | Fish | | Mediterranean Mussels / Mytilus galloprovincialis | Bringing you the freshest sustainably caught LOCAL seafood!
If we eat from our own shores, we're much more inclined to protect them, the water quality, and our marine environment.
- Paul Greenberg, American Catch
Mediterranean Mussels / Mytilus galloprovincialis

Mediterranean mussels, also called blue mussels or sometimes black mussels, are a very common species of mussel for mariculture production all over the world. Our variety are called Hope Ranch mussels and are cultivated by the Santa Barbara Mariculture Farm outside Santa Barbara, CA. The farm utilizes a rope-culture style of mariculture typically seen in New Zealand mussel farms but adapted for the southern California climate.

As with other bivalves like oysters and clams, mussels are filter feeders that clean the surrounding marine habitat and promote a healthy ecosystem. Mussels are also one of the healthiest seafoods with 20 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving, and only 146 calories. Most of the fat are heart-healthy unsaturated fats, and a serving of mussels also includes a number of key vitamins and minerals.

Culinary Tips: Mussels are best when steamed with some white wine, beer, or vermouth. Only cook mussels that are closed tightly before cooking, and only eat mussels that open on their own after the cooking is finished.

Catch Method: Rope-grown mariculture

Sustainability: Mussels farms improve the water quality in their surrounding environment, making them one of the most sustainable seafood species on the market.

- MBA Seafood Watch Rating: Best Choice

- NOAA Fish Stock Sustainability Index: N/A