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The farmed mussels of Utah Beach
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World-famous for the Normandy landing of June 1944, Utah Beach is also known to gourmets for its farmed mussels. The "bouchot" (piling) is a breeding support made up of unbarked 6.5 to 19.6 ft (2 to 6 m) high oak or chestnut stakes. These stakes are half driven into the sand and arranged in 164 to 328 ft (50 to 100 m) alignments in areas fully or partially exposed at low tide. The mussels bred at a minimum regulatory height without any contact with the ground do not contain foreign bodies (crabs, grains of sand) and do not develop any taste of mud. Their high-quality flesh is therefore highly sought-after.
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