100 Foods: Mussels

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

Mussels

Alright… so I have ALWAYS been afraid to try these.

They are some of the ugliest bivalves I have ever seen. There is nothing that looks appealing about them and ew… really… you want me to try these?

So mussels are high in Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C, Iron and Protein. I decided to give them a try and not be afraid of them any more. Where did I try them? At a lovely little family owned Italian restaurant in Northern Virginia. They were steamed cooked in a lovely sauce made with white wine, herbs, a ton of butter and a sprinkling of lemon. They were really good.

I am still unsure of cooking them at home…  just like I am with shellfish… but if they are available, I am more than willing to eat them again… even if they are really ugly looking.

~Emme

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