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Mussel; Fan (Pinna fragilis)

A wing-shaped mussel - and Britain"s biggest bivalve (reaching lengths of up to 35cm in British waters, up to 60cm in the Mediterranean). It lives in the sand or mud, and attaches itself to the sea bed, pointed-side down.

If found on your fishmongers slab, they should be treated in the style of a scallop, rather than a mussel. Larger specimens are excellent grilled in their half shell with olive oil or butter and lemon juice.

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