What are bivalve molluscs?
How important are bivalves to marine ecosystems?
Many bivalve species play important roles in aquatic and marine ecosystems by filtering the water and serving as habitat and prey for a variety of sea life. This diverse group of species (estimated at about 9,200 different types) inhabits virtually the entirety of the world’s coastal waters.
How are scallops harvested and stored?
Good quality frozen scallops are harvested then immediately individually quick frozen. Just before they are frozen they are glazed with water, which forms a barrier of ice that protects from freezer burn.
How do you defrost scallops?
What is the best way to cook scallops?
Greenshell mussels (Perna canaliculus)
What are greenshell mussels?
The ancient and incredible species of New Zealand greenshell mussels (or in Maori, ‘Kutai’) has been a valued human food source for over 800 years and has become globally recognised for its unique qualities. Forming an ancient and vital part of the ocean’s food web, greenshell mussels filter 360 litres of water a day – assisting in improving water quality and promoting healthy fish stocks. It’s through filtering water which these creatures get all their nutrients and sees them reach maturity in 12-24 months. Mussels are seeded on lines in an organic stocking, which breaks down naturally as the mussels attach to the lines. When mussels grow to around 100mm in length and are in plump condition, they are harvested off the lines and sent for processing and shipping. They are farmed solely in New Zealand and exported globally to over 70 countries, with around 5% coming to Australia.