Blue mussels have a distinctive rich, sweet taste, like a blend of oysters and clams. Mussels should look and smell fresh and have tightly closed shells. Mussel meats, which range from white to orange, are plump and tender, but less soft than clams. Color doesn't indicate quality.
Blue Mussels have plump, tender, sweetmeats. Compared to Mediterranean Mussels, Blue Mussels have a milder flavor and do not fill the shell as fully.