Inexpensive, abundant and tasty morsels, mussels are bivalves that thrive in low and mid intertidal zones in temperate seas around the world. As well as being food for turtles, muskrats, otters, and humans, these ink blue, black, and brown elongated shell mollusks are indicators of the health of the environment in which they live. These filter feeders strain out water pollutants and help improve water quality naturally. This reason alone should be enough to make you love them. However, if you need convincing to give them a go, steaming them over fire and then grilling them in an aromatic butter should provide evidence that these meaty nuggets are worthy of serving to friends and family at the next outdoor gathering--we are darn certain they just might steal the show.