Mussels are easy, taken from the margin and not the deep blue sea. There are also freshwater mussels, if you don’t live near the shore. They’re easy to cook, most commonly being bearded, cleaned form stones and gravel and then boiled (either in water, or wine, or beer) and then served with butter and bread.
But are they versatile? Are they good for anything else?
Besides eating them, what else can you do with muscles/musckles/mussels?
Feed them to your pigs…..(actually, the pigs will feed themselves)
Or you can make boats out of them:
Not THAT muscle boat – this mussel boat
mussel boat Obs., (perh.) a mussel shell used by children for a toy boat.
1575 R. B. Apius & Virginia sig. B, A mayde or a *Mussell Bote, a wife or a wilde ducke, As bolde as blinde bayerd, as wise as a wood cocke. (We remember how highly thought of woodcocks are from Mr Shakespeare, renowned for their cleverness NOT…Perhaps because our 17th century Englishmen didn’t know about dodo birds..)
a1590 Mariage Witt & Wisdome (Shaks. Soc.) ii. 13 So we ware both put into a mussellbote, And came saling in a sowes yeare ouer sea into Kent. (No silk purses for these sowes ears…they served as boats!)
1612 R. DABORN . C2, Poore fishers brat, that neuer didst aspire Aboue a musle boate.