Wild Atlantic Oyster is the brand representing the oyster producers in Sligo Bay, on Ireland’s North West coast. Sligo Bay has numerous inlets with ideal conditions for the cultivation of oysters. Indeed, even the name Sligo (Sligeach in Gaelic) means “Shelly Place” a reference to the abundance of oyster shells found in the bay. Sligo has a history of oyster cultivation spanning three centuries; oysters were exported from Sligo to hotels and restaurants in London since the mid-nineteenth century. Our producers specialize in the cultivation of the Pacific oyster species Crassostrea Gigas, which they source from their own shellfish hatchery on the shores of Sligo Bay.
|Breeding area||Ireland - Sligo Bay|
Suspended rack culture, principally in bags on oyster racks one metre above the sea bottom.
Wild Atlantic Oysters are distinguished by their fresh, salty foretaste, a firm texture and a full, aromatic, nutty aftertaste.
|Season||De Wild Atlantic oyster is available all year round in the following selections, see below.|
|Nr. 4||46-65 grams|
|Nr. 3||66-85 grams|
|Nr. 2||86-120 grams|
|Nr. 1||120-150 grams|
|Nr. 0||+150 grams|
The farmers 'Wild Atlantic'
The Wild Atlantic Oyster brand is owned by the four oyster producers in Sligo Bay, one of whom manages the shellfish hatchery, the other three being oyster farmers. Each farmer operates his own licensed site and all three collaborate in the depuration, packing and sales of their oysters. This seed can be genetically traced to the original brood stock of Crassostrea Gigas imported from British Columbia in the early 1970s, when an oyster variety suitable for cultivation in Irish waters was being investigated. This investigation proved that the selected species was ideally suited to Irish conditions.
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.
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!
Special de Claire
The Special de Claire is a well-known French oyster that has undergone its last 'affinage' (ripening process) in the 'claires'. This oyster stays in the claires for longer than most of its predecessors: namely 2 to 6 months, with a maximum density of 10 oysters per square metre. This gives this oyster its characteristic roundness and depth. The taste of a Special de Claire differs from a Fine de Claire in the firmer texture of the meat and ...