Bouzigues and Oysters.

Bouzigues and Oysters.

Driving away from a fascinating tour of learning about Oyster Farming in Bouzigues, we set off back home with our goods in a new, wooden box.

Bouzigues is on the coast of an inland lake of sea water, warmed in part, by an underground freshwater spring of hot water. It’s where the locals have farmed and sold oysters for generations. The Oyster Farm is a familiar sight from the road between Mèze and Poussan.

This morning, our son-in-law, Pierre invited me along to the shop where he intended to purchase freshly caught Oysters to take to his family for New Year. It was the first time that I had seen the Industry close up.

The shop was tiny but full of fresh sea-fare

It also had sauces, wines and the local delicacy of ‘Tielles de Sète’ [little pies] which I, not a shell-fish lover sadly, have nevertheless enjoyed in the past

The Oysters, grown on ropes attached to poles in the water, are collected by fishermen in their small, blue boats then loaded onto carts on the quayside and pulled to cleaning and sorting sheds via a little railway track.

There seems to be a tremendous amount of cleaning and preparation to do for the next round of Oyster growing!

A nearby Hotel makes the most of these delicacies on its menus!

Satisfied, with his morning’s task, Pierre drove us back home to Poussan.

Anne, December 2019

6 Responses

  1. cilla says:

    Interesting Anne but I must admit I have never fancied oysters…….too scared of the possible end result I think ;-) :lol:

    • gertie says:

      :lol: Me neither Cilla … can’t cope with any shellfish, or lobster or prawns and shrimps…all those little bodies :excruciating: :shout: Meat has to be an unrecognisable lump and the nearest I get to eating a bird is a well roasted chicken wing to nibble and gnaw! :cool: :rose:

  2. Tubs says:

    Interesting, pies look good. I think rick stein showed this on one of his programmes. I have not been a fan of shellfish either .

  3. An interesting trip to share, thanks :-) I’ve only ever had oysters in Australia, Anne and they were very nice :-)

  4. gertie says:

    Well done Jane :good: That was [in my ‘book’ ]very brave and sophisticated of you :lol: ;-) :rose:
    It was interesting to see how the things were farmed and harvested however … lots of hard work there :good:

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