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I know this sounds dumb, but if big enough are zebra mussels edible? I know they are very invasive and a big problem. I know it

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  • I know this sounds dumb, but if big enough are zebra mussels edible? I know they are very invasive and a big problem. I know it

    I know this sounds dumb, but if big enough are zebra mussels edible? I know they are very invasive and a big problem. I know it wouldn't make a dent, but it would give people a reason to collect them. Are there any other invasives that are edible.

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    Its NOT recommend they be eaten by Humans, Some Ducks and Fish do eat them.

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    • #3
      Dont know about humans? I have found blue catfish and blubill ducks full of them.

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        Old Saying "Hunger is the Best Sauce". Old story. Fifty five years ago I was Flounder fishing with my Dad. He mused that the Squid we were using for bait was such a nice piece of firm white meat. He wondered why no one figured out how to prepare it. Not if you bought me a Schwinn was my first thought. Little did that little boy realize that he would marry a Neapolitan girl who made it for Christmas Eve; and it would be a bar food right behind Hamburger. Never say never.

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          I probably wouldn't eat them if you told me they tasted great. I was just wondering if there was a use for all these invasives.

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          • #6
            Anyone ever used them for bait?

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            • #7
              Green Crabs are and invasive species and they are edible.

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              • #8
                They are edible, but because they accumulate pollutants and toxins,they are considered unsafe to eat. Crayfish and smallmouth bass serve as a natural but not very effective control on their populations in this country.

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                • #9
                  Whitetail deer. They are displacing our native mule deer, though some would say that they taste better than our mulies.

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                  • #10
                    Many fresh water mussels are toxic so, like mushrooms, never try sampling if you don't know what you're doing.

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                    • #11
                      You shouldn't eat them, since filter feeders can get pollutants in their tissues, but since they are mussels they do have tiny pearls, which can be sold for a profit, which is a reason for collecting them

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