You will always find the tastiest mussels in pole position

Le Viviere mussels with Mont St Michel in background

A brief history of the increasingly popular moules de bouchot

SWEETER, stronger and smaller than ordinary mussels, traditional moules de bouchot are a protected brand, grown on ropes strung from wooden posts (bouchots) in the sea. They are prized because, being grown off the sea bed, they are grit and barnacle-free. They are also said to contain more meat and have a cleaner flavour.

Legend claims that they were ‘invented’ by an Irishman or, according to other accounts, a Scotsman, Patrick Walton, who was shipwrecked in 1235 in the Bay d’Aiguillon.

Having decided to stay and catch seabirds for a living, he erected wooden poles on ...

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