This is a winter spawning, rope cultured black mussel that is known for its plump, sweet meats. It is one of two European species now being cultured on the West Coast. They are grown in southern Puget Sounds' Totten Inlet, on ropes suspended from rafts in about sixty feet of water. Totten Inlet is very high in nutrients. This results in very fast growth rates and the mussels grown here tend to be larger than other rope cultured mussels on the market. As with other rope-cultured mussels, they are clean and free of grit since they never touch the bottom.