Given the number of the mussels in the lake in front of my cabin I find it hard to imagine this species is endangered.
My question always was how they taste. I had no idea how to cook one to find out.
In Minnesota, 25 of our 48 native mussel species are listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern, 2 to 3 species have been extirpated , and at least 2 more species are in imminent danger of extinction
Freshwater mussels nowadays are generally considered to be unpalatable, though the native peoples in North America ate them extensively. During the second World War in the United States, mussels were commonly served in diners. This was due to the unavailability of red meat related to wartime rationing.
Marine Mussles are entirely different when it comes to edibleness.
I am a big fan of Razor Clams,Little Neck, Cherrystone, Pacific Littleneck Clams, Blue Mussel, California Mussel and the Brown Mussel.