A FAMILY BUSINESS
Our family business (Dhooge) has been involved in the cultivation of crustaceans and molluscs since 1906. Our oysters are cultivated only in the Netherlands. Every day we sail out to harvest or relocate our briny treasures. Our company ‘de Oesterij’ is located in Yerseke, Zeeland. In addition to processing, our site also houses a wealth of information on the cultivation of oysters and mussels.
THE ORIGIN OF THE DUTCH IMPERIAL OYSTERS
The Netherlands is renowned for its Dutch Imperial Oyster. Since the 1950s these were flown to lovers of this special oyster all over the world. Unfortunately, during the harsh winter of 1963 almost all oysters froze to death and disappeared. In recent years the Imperial oyster is making a comeback.
Still the Dutch Imperial oyster is one of the rarest oysters in the world, partly because these oysters do not reproduce easily. Cultivating Imperial oysters therefore takes a great deal of special attention and care on the part of the cultivator. It takes 5 or 6 years before flat oysters are ready to be eaten. Once the Imperial oysters are ready for consumption, the oysters will be hand-selected and packed on our site on a traditional manner and thereafter sold to the customer.