de claire, Spéciales de claire, Green oysters, Special
conditions of maturing lead to two large categories:
The Fines de claire, Green oysters, these stayed at least 3
weeks in the ‘claires’ (oyster beds) with a density of about 20
oysters per m2.
The Spéciales de claire, special Green oysters, these stayed
at least twice as long in the ‘claires’ with a density of about 10
They are more fleshy. Some producers grow and market
"Speciales pousse en claire", which stay four to six months in ‘claires’
with a density of maximum 5 per m2. They are available only in autumn
and in winter. This is the very top end of the market!
In addition to that, the professional organisations agreed on tasting
indicators in order that the amateur can easily identify his favourite
en chair" means a firm, crispy, milder taste,
"bien équilibrées" means a well balanced taste with
"bien en eau" means not too much flesh with a little bit of
a salty taste.
to appreciate the Marennes-Oléron oysters
First, you must
open them. This operation should not especially take away the pleasure
of eating oysters. If you have never opened them before, ask your
supplier to give you a demonstration.
He will advise you on the type
of knife to use and will show you all the tricks you need to know to
get the acquired touch. If you really want to forego the satisfaction
of opening them yourself, your trader will be pleased to open them for
you, leaving lids on them so that you can carry them home.
The ultimate solution, please, go and eat oysters at the restaurant or
go to where the oyster producers propose a tasting and a meal.
If one really wants to appreciate the taste, they should be eaten ‘nature’,
which is without any additional dressing and do not hesitate to chew
them. However, they are also delicious with a little lemon or vinaigre
sauce with shallots. They can be accompanied with ' crépinettes ',
flat sausages, or with a slice of local pâté de campagne.
Naturally, bread and a dry white wine are part of the entertainment.
Rye bread is particularly good. Please, try this sequence :
oyster, bread, white wine.