Oyster Bedlam

Sunday, 10th October 2010

Heaven is a bed of native oysters, British natives preferably, Irish is next best. I remember watching the contestants at the Tabasco Oyster Opening Championships shuck the season’s first ostrea edulis at Bentley’s in Piccadilly, desperately twisting their knives to unhinge these most private of molluscs. Interest in oysters is growing, with beds being revived around the British coastline. My current favourite, Cornish Native Oysters, are harvested from the sea by skipper (Christopher) ‘Ranger’ in his non-motored, sailing craft, the Alf Smythers (available online from www.cornishnativeoysters.co.uk – they travel well, by the way.)  For those that find raw too much to take, try them Rockafeller-ed, grilled with butter, a puree of fresh watercress and celery, and a few drops of pernod.

Author: Rose Prince


Comment by Ranger on 7th September 2011 http://www.cornishnativeoysters.co.uk/2011Index-Gatherings.html

Hi Rose, I trust you are well? I see you are updating the book and wondered if you could add my little 'Oyster Gatherings' in March and October to the entry, also thanks you for the wonderful write up... Bedlam all the way! See http://www.cornishnativeoysters.co.uk/cornish-native-oysters_postcard.pdf Hope you can make the one in March 2012! Ranger

Comment by Jens Martin on 30th October 2011

I agree oysters are the best shell fish. The best oysters are Bluff oysters from New Zealand. Very tasty and meaty. If you are privalaged enough to get your hands on Oystermen's oysters ie the bigger ones they keep for themselves then you have something special. I have had some which take at least two bites to consume they are so big. As tender as a Kobe steak!

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