Mejillones – mussels in Spain

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mejillón: mussel.

After the first mussel raft was built in Galicia in 1946, this mollusc has become the cheapest and most common seafood in Spanish markets. There are now more than 3,500 rafts in Galicia’s estuaries (known as rías). The rafts are made of eucalyptus because of their boyancy and resitance to salt water. Far more scarce and expensive are mejillones de roca (wild rock mussels). Mussels are used extensively in Spanish cuisine.

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