I’m all about fresh local ingredients so when we were in the south of France, I absolutely had to visit Bouzigues to buy the town’s famous oysters and have a picnic on the beach.
We didn’t have a plan of action of how we were going to do this. We just thought we would drive into Bouzigues and cycle around until we found some oysters! Luckily it worked.
Where to find the oysters
Etang de Thau (or Bassin de Thau) are lagoons that stretch along the southern French coast.
These waters are home to the region’s oysters farms and Bouzigues is renowned for its quality producers.
We hopped on our bikes and pedalled towards the sea until finally, on the coastal road D158, we found a number of sellers.
We went to Earl Le Mas d’Argent https://www.facebook.com/earl.lemasdargent/
They were still open at 7pm.
I discovered that there was no difference in the quality of the oysters, just the sizes. Small, medium and large, ranging from 4.60 Euros to 6.60 Euros per dozen.
What to buy
It’s a good idea to buy a shucking knife, some ice and wine. I found buying wine from the oyster seller guaruntees that the wine will go well with your oysters, which is handy if you are not sure how to pair food and wine.
When to buy
The best time to buy fresh oysters is when the waters are cooler from September to April.
Get to know your oysters
You can arrange an oyster producer visit and tasting with Earl Huitres Bouzigues http://www.huitres-bouzigues.com/visite.html
Bouzigues oysters come from a salty lagoon next to the sea. They are fat, juicy and incredibly tasty.
Check out the video to find out more!