Oysters in Zeeland

Oyster ponds
Oyster ponds

Oysters in Zeeland

As a land of oysters, Zeeland has an excellent reputation. You’ll find two varieties here: the Pacific, or Japanese, oyster which we call ‘creuse’ and the ‘flat’ one (‘platte’) which is quite rare and has a unique flavour. It is only eaten raw, with a dash of pepper, and a drop of lemon juice.

Oysters are fished only in the Oosterschelde and the Grevelingenmeer lake where the water temperature, its salt levels and its purity are ideal for raising oysters. As larvae, the oysters settle on the oyster beds. The Japanese oyster is ready for consumption after three years, while the flat oyster takes five to six years to mature.

Oyster ponds

They are fished with dredging nets known in Dutch as ‘korren’, which scrape them off the beds. Then they are stored in the well-known oyster ponds in Yerseke which are connected with the flowing waters of the Oosterschelde. Here the oysters can rinse themselves clean of silt and sand, and settle. After a week, they are ready for packing.