In India, mussels are mainly found in malabar region (Kerala). Mussels are found in its natural form in sea near Thalassery. They are animals that grow by clinging on to the rocks in the sea and are a delicacy in Thalassery region. We get a variety of dishes made from it in Thalassery. The types found in Kerala coast has a beautiful ‘peacock ‘ bluecoloured shell. The meat of it has high protein content and low fat content. Two types are found here – Green mussel (Pernaviridis) and Brown mussel (Pernaindica). Its cultivation can be done in low budget. Its also known as ‘Kadukka’ and ‘kadal muringa’ (oyster). The brown mussels are largely cultivated in Kerala. The name in Malayalam ‘Kallummekkaya’ is given to mussels because it is seen clinging on the rocks. The young ones of it are collected and cultivate in rivers and lakes where the salt water gets mixed to fresh water. Since Kerala coast has rivers, canals and lakes joined to the sea. It is very ideal for farming here. Around 400 families of Malabar region have made mussel farming, their profession. Mussels have huge popularity in the domestic market and have highly export value.