Oyster-growing in the Netherlands was characterized mainly by bottom culture for the flat, Imperial oysters. However, the growing of Creuses in the cultivation beds started to take off from the 1970s and ’80s. At first only on the bottom, then later also using surface ‘oyster racks’. By growing these oysters on racks, we have been able to create a lovely, deep, even shape (bottom-grown oysters are rougher and less uniform). These Oesterij Special oysters are grown mainly in hanging baskets at specially built locations. This growth takes a little longer as it is dependent on the waves. This means the oysters are usually 3 to 4 years old before they are ready for consumption.
The affinage in purified Oosterschelde water ensures a beautiful, well-balanced, sweeter taste. As this is a special, these oysters are nice and full. This guarantees a rich, creamy taste sensation.