Texel mussels are found in the Wadden Sea on the east side of Texel. Along the coast, you are allowed to collect your own mussels.
You can collect mussels for at least nine months of the year. The only time you can’t is from mid-April to early July. During this period, they are not suitable for consumption because this is the spawning season. The best time to collect mussels is at low tide. So, pull on your wellies, grab a small bucket and start collecting!
Mussels suck sand into their shells. Obviously, you don’t want to eat that. Rinse the mussels in cold water at home, then put them in a container with cold water for a while. Remove the beards (stringy bits). Discard the mussels that didn’t close up because these are not edible.
Do you want to taste the mussels without collecting them yourself? Fish restaurant 't Pakhuus serves a pan of Wadden Sea mussels. Reservation recommended.
Did you collect your own mussels and do you want to prepare a Texel dish with them? Check out this recipe:
The recipe in this article is courtesy of Annette van Ruitenburg, author of the cookbook De Smaak van Texel.