Tabl'Eau de Zélande oyster; man and nature collaborate

Back to where it all began, back to 1880. In that year Great Grandfather Jacob Prins began farming and trading oysters at Havendijk in Yerseke. He did this with a great deal of love and passion for oysters. He passed this, along with his skills and experience, on to his children who in turn did the same.

Now, 137 years and 5 generations later, we have added a new unique oyster to our already very large assortment of oysters. The Tabl’Eau de Zélande oyster. In the Netherlands, oysters are traditionally farmed on the seabed. The Tabl’Eau de Zélande however are grown with the off-bottom rack-and-bag method; in other words, not on the seabed. This farming method produces oysters with a deeper cup and a very unique flavour. They have a much creamier taste. The flavour is really impossible to describe. You just have to try it yourself!

The off-bottom culture method ensures that the oysters are cleaned naturally. The continuous waves ensure the oysters are in constant movement and ‘rub’ each other clean. It also gives the shell a different shape with a deeper cup in which a beautiful full oyster matures.

Because the oysters are elevated from the seabed in the water column, they are exposed to more currents from the tide and different types of algae than those on the seabed. The protective environment of the culture bags and the nutritious water in which the oysters mature ensure their unique flavour.