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Taste the season: Zeeland mussels

If you are in Zeeland, you should definitely put Zeeland mussels on your culinary agenda.

  • Are you familiar with the flavour of ‘black gold’, also known as Zeeland mussels?
  • Combine Zeeland mussels with a real mussel beer.
  • You can enjoy mussels when there is an ‘r’ in the month, as we say in Holland.

Zeeland and mussels, which are also called ‘black gold’, are closely related and you should not miss out on this wonderful delicacy!

Mussels from Zeeland

There are two regions in Holland that grow mussels and the Eastern Scheldt is one of them. Mussels are protein-rich and full of minerals and vitamins. These wonderful shellfish are served throughout Zeeland but Yerseke, Bruinisse and Philippine are the most famous mussel villages. Mussels taste even better with a glass of wine or a ‘mussel beer’.

Mussel season

In principle, mussel season starts in July. The beginning of the season depends on the mussel’s condition, however. In principle, the Dutch often live by the motto: ‘You eat mussels when there is an ‘R’ in the month’. Not many people know that mussel season runs from July through mid-April the next year. It would be better to say ‘when there is an R in the season’, as in zomer (summer), herfst (autumn) and winter.

Taste Zeeland mussels

Mussels from Zeeland are served in a special mussel pan with fries, bread and several sauces. We have selected four restaurants where you can enjoy this delicacy from Zeeland. 

Nolet's Vistro
Burgemeester Sinkelaan 6, Yerseke

Havenstraat 9, Philippine

Au Port
Waterpoortstraat 1, Philippine

De Oude Haven Mussel Restaurant
Waterpoortstraat 3, Philippine

Auberge des Moules
Visserslaan 3, Philippine



Zeeland boasts beautiful beaches and great seaside towns like Domburg and Renesse. Book a holiday home by the sea, go cycling or hiking on the Wadden, and discover the best restaurants.

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