Oysters of Normandy
In terms of oysters, this French coastal region borders on Belgium in the East, stretches westerly across the Cotentin Peninsula, and then South, almost all the way down to the famous Cloister Mont-Saint-Michelle in northern Brittany.
"La Côte de Nacre" runs from Courseulles s.-Mer to Meuvaines Asnelles. About 800 metric tons of oysters are produced in this area.
Further West we find the Bay of Veys ("Baie des Veys") in the area of Isigny s. Mer and Grandcamp-Maisy. Four rivers feed this bay, which enhances the marine nutrient supply for the oysters grown here. This growing area produces about 7,000 metric tons of exceptional oysters annually. The exceptional "Huître spéciale d'Isygny" ("Special Oyster of Isygny") is highly respected among many oyster lovers.
Now we have also reached the easterly side of the Contentin Peninsula. Here, an important cultivation area stretches from Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont to Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue. Approximately 11,000 metric tons of oysters are annually produced here.
Over on the westerly side of the Contentin Peninsula, the area from about Portbail, and heading South across Pirou, Blanville sur Mer, Agon-Coutainville, clear down to Granville, constitutes a huge oyster growing area. Approximately 17,000 metric tons of oysters are grown here annually. Oysters from this area are often referred to as "Huîtres de Pleine mer", because they have that crisp and cool "Atlantic flavor" so many oyster lovers simply love (including me). If you really want to kiss the ocean right on the lips, then choose a Huître de Pleine mer from Normandy.
Although great oysters can be found along the entire Normandy stretch, most oyster lovers head straight for the Contentin Peninsula, as oyster cultivation is particularly concentrated in this area.
Health advisory: There is a risk associated with consuming raw oysters or any raw animal protein. If you have chronic illness of the liver, stomach, or blood or have immune disorders, you are at greatest risk of illness from raw oysters and should eat oysters fully cooked. If you are unsure of your risk, you should consult your physician.
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