Oysters anyone? come to Sarzeau!

Ok so let’s talk about something we do eat a lot here and especially around the season to be merrier into New Year; they are all over here so lucky me because I love them. However, I have chosen one area that we have been going since moving to Bretagne and the Morbihan dept 56 back in 2011. The oysters of the Rhuys peninsula by the town of Sarzeau!

A bit on the area for orientation…

The Pointe de Bénance is in the Gulf of Morbihan, in the town of Sarzeau. Located on the Rhuys peninsula, the Pointe de Bénance extends along the north-south axis. It is approximately 450 meters long and 200 meters wide. It is located north of the village of Bénance. It faces many islands in the Gulf of Morbihan, the Île des Œufs is 1,200 meters in the north-west, Penn Bleï is located 2,500 meters in the north-east and Île aux Oiseaux is 2 600 meters in the east.

Some of the wonders of our sea to try here fresh and from the real source are these favorites and one must out of the many here, really all over!.

La Nursery du Golfe; Oyster farming at 9 chemin Pointe Benance 56370 Sarzeau.  The Nursery du Golfe is the ideal place to savor these iodized flavors while discovering the secrets of oyster making! From the production of phytoplankton to spat, the aquaculture farm reveals to the curious the different stages of the nursery of the “pearls” of the region. In season, the tables overlooking the Gulf of Morbihan invite you to taste aperitif plates, for lunch or during storytelling evenings. The opportunity to discover the new range of creative products that the farm now produces, “Spiru Breizh”, 100% marine spirulina in seawater! This one is our favorite here. More info: Nursery du Golfe at Sarzeau

EARL Benance Ets–Guillemette Michel ,Oyster farming at 4 chemin Pointe Benance 56370 Sarzeau. This one is straight producer right off the sea , smaller more family and just as good. A choice no webpage but  direct sale to individuals sublime: From Mondays to Fridays from 8h -12h and 13h30 to 17h. Tel +33 (0) 2 97 41 84 89.

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From our immersion in the area we have become quite knowledable on oysters (huîtres) which we love so let me give you a brief story on its cultivation.

The fertilization gives birth to a larva. For about twenty days, it evolves quietly in the water, gradually takes on the appearance of a “D” and acquires a kind of foot that will allow it to crawl to find the best place to settle. The larva becomes a spat, a baby oyster pampered particularly by oyster farmers for three years. The oyster will then go through all the breeding cycles before enthroned as queen on the seafood platters.

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On the Rhuys peninsula, the oyster farms are located on the foreshore, the strip of coastline that is discovered at low tide. The influence of the tides thus regularly and naturally provides the plankton necessary for the growth of oysters. Breeding is practiced in different ways. On the ground: the oysters are directly “sown” on the sandy soil. Or on raised metal tables: the oysters are then protected from predators in mesh pockets. Oyster farmers access their parks aboard their barge, and, like sea gardeners, tirelessly rake the shells deposited on the ground or turn their pockets over and over again to avoid the proliferation of algae, aerate the oysters to give them a good size and nice shape.

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The oyster then assumes its best attributes to be sold retail on the premises of farms or in markets. The oysters can then be kept for a short week, between 5 and 15 degrees in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator, flat, the curved part of the shell at the bottom. However, it is better to buy your hamper the same day as the tasting! The explosion of flavors is guaranteed! Yes indeed and we are so lucky to have this possibility here!!!

Ok following the local ritual of walks , not yet into the forest park walks but along the coast is gorgeous ,and then have a bushel of oysters with muscadet white wine sublime!! Enjoy this walk please!!

Need to go by car and park at the parking start of Rue du Pont Févis, at the end of the Bénance cove. Then, start your walking! Come back towards the town of Sarzeau to pass the bottom of the cove and take the path which leaves on the left (walking trails are posted!). Magnificent meadows bordered by large trees spread out on the right side of the path which leads to the outbuildings and to the Château du Néret. Pass in front of the majestic porch of the castle (private) house, and follow the high walls along the path, reaching the crossroads of a path that starts on the left between two walls.

Continue opposite to the edge of the Château de Truscat (private). Decks have been installed to cross the wettest parts of this part of the circuit. Reach the gate of the castle and pass in front of this gate and continue the route by the path which turns your back on the houses of the village. Shortly after a fountain, the high enclosure wall disappears to leave the view over the sea (wonderful!). Here, you can already guess the overlapping of the land and the sea. Reach a crossroads with 4 perpendicular directions.

Turn left at right angles to reach the Truscat saltworks (old salt mines). Go around it then take the same path to return to the previous crossroads. Turn left, reach the village of Kerbodec. After passing the line of small houses, turn left to reach the coast. A wide alley ends facing the sea, and a landscaped path starts on its right side. By taking it, pass in front of the Château de Kergeorget,(private), a pretty castle planted slightly behind the coastline.

Continue on the coastal path to reach the crossroads of Duer. Extend opposite on the coastal path to reach Pointe de Duer. Turns south, then deviate somewhat from the coast to avoid the bird sanctuary. Join the coastal path and then go left to the observation tower which stands a little further. Return to the path and continue to the left, towards the village of Duer. At the crossroads, turn right and cross the village from side to side, to reach the seaside. Turn left, take the outward path.

After Kerbodec, ignore the path on the right which leads to the salt marshes (seen above), then go back to the gate of the Truscat castle. Continue along the stone wall, until you find the first crossroads past on the outward journey.Turn right to descend this path which leads to the sea. Here two possibilities:

Reach the starting point along the old dikes that separated the Gulf of marshes or tidal mill ponds that border it, but beware this passage is not always passable or convenient, turn back to return to the previous crossroads. Turn right and resume the outward journey to return to the parking lot at the end of cove of Bénance. A wonderful recommended walk indeed!!

Enjoy the oysters info Tourist office Gulf of Morbihan on oysters producers

City of Sarzeau tourist office: City of Sarzeau tourist office info

And you are all set for a wonderful sea nature and oysters of the Rhuys in Sarzeau a killer combination, recommended. Enjoy it, cheers!!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

 

2 Comments to “Oysters anyone? come to Sarzeau!”

  1. I have always found oysters to be seriously overrated. Same with lobster sea snails, whelks and bulots. I had a fruits-de-mer one time in La Rochelle and left most of it. A well cooked loin of haddock with triple cooked chips and mushy peas is so much better!

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