This years Dutch mussels disappoint

14th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch mussel season officially opens today, but Belgium kicked off a day earlier, says free newspaper De Pers. The Belgians noticed immediately that, although the mussels were a bit smaller than last year, they were 20 percent more expensive, we are told.

The mussel harvest has been poor this year. This is probably due to the hot, dry spring, which has stunted the molluscs’ growth. The problems led the mussel sector to open the season a week late.

Last year, mussel growers in the southern Dutch province of Zeeland had a bumper year. While the mussels were of top quality, prices actually dropped. This year, it couldn’t be more different: the mussel jamboree, says de Pers, was short-lived.

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