Maine blue mussels are harvested from the wild. Unlike cultured mussels, which are grown suspended in the water column, Maine mussels spend their entire life in their natural habitat, on the ocean floor.
Blue mussels have a distinctive rich, sweet taste, like a blend of oysters and clams. Mussels should look and smell fresh and have tightly closed shells. Mussel meats, which range from white to orange, are plump and tender, but less soft than clams.