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
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.
Juizette la Rêveuse
With its long beaches and steep chalk cliffs, Normandy is home to superb oyster grounds and has become one of the leading oyster-producing regions of France in recent decades. Aided by the significant tidal difference, the oysters filter plenty of nutrient-rich seawater every day. Juizette la Rêveuse oysters can be recognised by their hard, sturdy and slightly rougher shell. This bold oyster from Normandy has a fresh, salty taste.
This full, creamy Dutch oyster is grown in specially designed oyster baskets attached to oyster racks. This gives the oyster its lovely, deep shape. As the Oosterschelde is among the cleanest waters in the world, and we grow both diploid and triploid oysters, these oysters are available in top quality and with their unique taste all year round. We are proud that many top chefs have chosen this unique, special oyster and we can't wait for you to taste them!