At the latest after the mudflat walk on Juist I made a decision: Mussels and other types of mussels are not on the plate. Eating them is really disgusting. Some stories that you hear on the move simply change: thinking, everyday processes or just eating habits. And that's why I like traveling and the other people and cultures meet so much. There are always food for thought or encounters that you would not have had at home. It does not always have to be Malaysia or Madagascar - a stay on Juist is enough. The walk with Watt guide Heino, for example, made it very clear that mussels in the North Sea are already in sharp decline. "Why do you have to eat them in Munich if we do not have enough of it here?" He asks and tells that once even cockles were allowed to be fished in the Wadden Sea. "Shells are the water treatment plants of our sea, without them it is deceptive. We can not just eat that. "
Sewage treatment plants? Above all, I associate organic, stinking waste with it - yes, exactly that one. Mussels are omnivorous, meaning they eat everything that comes between their gills. Unfortunately everything. Everything? Yes. Shit! Exactly, too. Excrement too. Watt guide Heino has a really impressive story from his childhood, which I will not divulge here, but it is so disgusting that you certainly have no appetite for seafood.
Not only that, you should avoid mussels. By filtering the water, which today is often contaminated with heavy metals and toxins, they also absorb these poisons and store them. Something we humans eat when we eat shells. Although these burdens have fallen in recent years , they are still measurable. What is often not measured is the plastic and microplastic load on the animals. Do you want to eat it all? I do not think so. Well, I'm eating more vegan and vegetarian anyway, but sometimes, especially on the go, when there's hardly anything else, a fish ends up on my plate. Mussels but, I swore on Juist, it will not be really anymore. By the way, oysters are also mussels.