22 Jul MUSSEL FARMS OF GALICIA, SPAIN / TRAVEL + RECIPE

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Photography by Luis A. / Design by Sita & Nena.

 


TRAVEL NOTES
Best way to know Galician mussels, is tasting them on a boat trip around the floating rafts (mussel farms). Indeed mussel tasting is guaranteed on this gastro tour. Ready to the flavours of the sea? 

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Everyone aboard! The tour around mussel farms was created because of the importance of the Galician seafood industry,  specially mussel sector. Mussels are farmed here by means of a floating raft culture. Rafts are pretty big with lines of rope where young mussels are seeded. Awesome the underwater view of the lines of mussels, some algae and little fish swimming around. 
  • Batea  (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)  is a vessel in the form of a trough, which is used in ports and arsenals, or a wooden platform that is placed in the sea for the breeding or cultivation of mussels and other molluscs. In the rafts grow the desired molluscs: mussels or oysters, but also numerous fish and other types of molluscs, as well as a multitude of algae that adhere to the ropes. In this way we have that, with the passage of time, a punt ends up being a very rich ecosystem.
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+ GALICIAN STYLE MUSSELS / RECIPE (TAPAS): Fresh mussels are steamed and garnished with lemon wedges. Simply yummy. After that experience you realize why Galician mussels are so tasty!  

  • Mussel (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) is the common name used for members of several families of clams or bivalve molluscs, from saltwater and freshwater habitats. These groups have in common a shell whose outline is elongated and asymmetrical compared with other edible clams, which are often more or less rounded or oval. Mussels grow quickly and are usually ready for harvest in less than two years. Unlike other cultured bivalves, mussels use byssus threads (beard) to attach themselves to any firm substrate, which makes them suitable for a number of culture methods.
    • Mussel from Galicia (mexillondegalicia.org) pioneered the application and became the first product from the sea in Europe to obtain the quality mark “Protected Designation of Origin”.  In 2007, it was registered in the register of the European Union the Protected Designation of Origin Mussel from Galicia and currently is the only DOP for a seafood product in Spain. Since then, the Regulatory Council was acquiring a well-defined functions and was perfecting its quality control systems. In parallel, the Mussel from Galicia brand was increasing its visibility and prestige among producers, traders and consumers.

 


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Raft culture (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) is a commonly used method throughout the world (traditionally practiced in Galicia, North West Spain ). Lines of rope mesh socks are seeded with young mussels and suspended vertically from a raft. The specific length of the socks depends on depth and food availability.  The Galician mussel sector is based on nearly 3300 installed floating rafts in the five “rías” (Vigo, Pontevedra, Arousa, Muros, Ares). These ría waters are blessed with an extraordinary quality for the farming of mussels due to their warmth and the high amount of nutrients which they contain. Moreover, the rías are ocean areas that are protected from severe weather conditions, which is why the mussel farms are resistant to the changing maritime weather. The Galician mussel production has surpassed 200,000 tonnes annually. Consequently, we are talking about one of the largest mussel producers in the world. 


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