You can always make me happy with a portion of oysters. I love it. So tasty, natural or marinated I like them all. Preferably combined with a glass of bubbles. We consume these delicacy regularly. Even my two year old daughter Lara loves it, our little burgundian in the cap.
In the Netherlands, you can get oysters easily from the fishmonger or delicacies store. There are also places where you can pick them yourself, like the Oosterschelde where the Zeeland creuses are abundant. Another option is visiting an oyster farm. For example in the small village called Yerseke in Zeeland. Here you will find several nurseries that get oysters out of the water every day. Mostly a supplier for the catering industry and retailers. At the same time a popular destination for both tourists and locals, because besides that you can take a look in the Oyster farms of Zeeland you can also enjoy lunch here.
Last week we were back in Holland for a cozy Christmas with friends and family. Extensive dining with some oysters in advance followed by lobster was also part of it. A perfect opportunity to visit this village in Zeeland again to buy some crustaceans and shellfish at our favorite Oyster farm, the Oesterij.
The Oesterij, located at Havendijk 12 in Yerseke, has been active since 1906 in the cultivation of crustaceans and shellfish. All products come from Dutch soil. The breeding grounds are located in the Oosterschelde, the Grevelingenmeer and the Waddenzee. Every day the ships sail out to harvest, move or protect the salty beatings against natural enemies (starfish, crabs, etc).
What I really like about the Oesterij, is that you can take a look at how things work in the breeding industry. A short walking route leads you past the oyster pits, a small museum and the quay behind the nursery.
When you have completed the tour you can take a seat in the Proeverij. Here they serve oysters, mussels and lobster in different ways throughout the year. The tasting offers both inside and outside a beautiful and unique view over the historic oyster pits and the Oosterschelde. An absolute hotspot where you can have a delicious lunch. And maybe, like me, you can become a proud owner of a real pearl. Yes, I found one in my mouth while I was slurping an oyster.
After an extensive lunch we decide to move to the adjacent shop where you have a big choice of fresh products. In this shop they sell home-grown oysters and mussels, lobster and other Zeeland delicacies such as samphire, sea lavender and periwinkles. All products are stored in the oyster pits or other storage basins until the last moment to ensure freshness. Quality and freshness are paramount at the Oesterij. You can definitely taste that.
We complete our order and move to the dike where the car is parked between the many trucks. The industry is running at full speed every day. In my head I think of the catch and find, the pearl which I just had found. What I’m going to do with it, I’m not sure yet. For now just being very careful with it. Rare it’s in any case.
Curious about this special place in Zeeland? You can visit the oyster farm during the year. For more information and opening hours, visit the website of de Oesterij.