The oysters of Sarzeau!!

In continuing finding gems in my picture vaults, I will tell you again about one of the seas wonderful edibles, the oysters, and more specific the oysters of the beautiful Morbihan dept 56 of my lovely Bretagne! This time will tell you a bit more on the oysters of Sarzeau!! Bon appétit!!

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 the Morbihan dept 56 back in 2011. The oysters of the Rhuys peninsula by the town of Sarzeau!

The prime area is the Pointe de Bénance 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!.(see posts)

From our immersion in the area we have become quite knowledgeable 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.  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.

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!! 

Some of the favorites here are 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! webpage: https://www.lanurseriedugolfe.com/

The Gulf of Morbihan tourist board on the nurserie du golfe: https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/fiche/la-nurserie-du-golfe-spiru-breizh

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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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The whole area is full of awesome seafood of course and many more all over the place along the coast. However, we like to stick with the one we first like and continue the patronage , it is always appreciated. For other choices here is the Gulf of Morbihan tourist office on oysters! https://www.golfedumorbihan.bzh/explorer-vannes/gastronomie-vannes/deguster-des-huitres/

And the city of Sarzeau on its historyhttps://www.sarzeau.fr/histoire-de-la-ville-2/

There you go folks, another dandy goodness from the big sea closer to shore, nice!  You are all set for a wonderful sea nature and oysters of the Rhuys in Sarzeau a killer combination, recommended. Enjoy it as I do!!

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

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