The well-known Dutch flat oyster is back, with its characteristic round, flat shape. In the 1950s and early 1960s, this oyster was flown to true enthusiasts and connoisseurs around the world. However, during the harsh winter of 1963 almost all flat oysters were frozen to death and disappeared. After many setbacks and years of scarcity, this oyster has now recovered and the population is growing. Breeding Dutch Imperial oysters requires a lot of attention and care from the farmer; it is only suitable for consumption after 3 to 6 years. The Dutch Imperial brand is a selection of the best flat oysters from our breeding grounds in Dutch waters.
The Dutch imperial is known for its exceptional quality, selection and exclusivity.
The Netherlands. For the cultivation of the Dutch Imperial oysters, oyster farm the Oesterij has access to 150 hectares of oyster farming grounds in Lake Grevelingen and the Eastern Scheldt. De Grevelingen is known as the largest saltwater lake in Europe. Since 2003, it has been a designated ‘Natura 2000’ area, protected by the Dutch government. The Oosterschelde (National Park) is a sea arm in the province of Zeeland. Strict regulations and checks by the Dutch government make both these areas one of Europe's cleanest and most nutrient-rich breeding grounds.
Bottom culture. The Dutch Imperial oyster needs peace and quiet, cannot stand frost and is therefore cultivated in deeper farms that do not become dry.
Unique, complex taste for the true oyster-lover and connoisseur. Creamy, powerful with a long-lasting aftertaste.
|Season||The Dutch Imperial is available from mid-September to the end of May, depending on the water temperature and quality.|
The Farmer 'Oesterij'
The Dhooge family have specialised in the growing of crustaceans and shellfish since 1906. Their business “de Oesterij” is established in Yerseke in the Dutch Province of Zeeland and their growing beds are in the Netherlands' Oosterschelde, Grevelingenmeer and Waddenzee waters.
The Dhooge family specialise in the growing of crustaceans and shellfish. The business is currently in the hands of the fourth generation: brothers Jurrie, Gerrie & Jean. The Dhooge family are absolutely committed to delivering the highest quality products in a sustainable way. Long-term cooperation with customers and chefs is an essential component of this. For this reason, the family is more than pleased to welcome potential customers, chefs and hotel & catering schools to the Oesterij, where they have set up an information centre on the growing of oysters and mussels at the historic oyster beds. Alongside tours on land and on the water, here you can also taste their range of fresh oysters and mussels.
Meet a few of our oysters
The Grevelingen Creuse is also called Zeeland Creuse Special. This delightful delicacy is cultivated with great dedication and craftsmanship by the Dhooge family of De Oesterij in Yerseke. The unique nutrient riches of Grevelingenmeer give this oyster its distinctive special flavour. The cocktail of algae aromas, the many hours of sunshine and the clear water turn the unique flavour of this plump and creamy oyster into a true taste sensation. The Grevelingen Creuse has a deep-cupped bowl and an oval, jagged shell.
This unique Dutch oyster of exceptional quality is cultivated by the Dhooge Family (Oesterij) in Lake Grevelingen and the Eastern Scheldt. Due to the vulnerability of the Ostrea Edulis species, this oyster requires a lot of attention and care from the grower. The Dutch Imperial brand is a selection of the best flat oysters from the oyster farms in the Zeeland waters in the Netherlands. After careful selection, grading and checks, it is sold to well-known hotels and restaurants all over the world.
Huîtres à Volant
Huîtres à Volant is a special selection of the oysters from the Special de Claires in France, this well-known French oyster has undergone its last ‘affinage’ (ripening process) in the ‘claires’ for 2 to 6 months., with a maximum density of 10 oysters per square metre, during which they fatten and take