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.
The rare, exclusive flat oyster is only eaten raw, whereas the Pacific variety can be consumed both raw and grilled. October to end-March is the best time for you to enjoy oysters. The other months form their breeding period, when they are ‘milky’. The water in the shell is murky and the meat thin and unpleasant.