Aquitaine oysters, also known as the “Belon oyster,” are a type of oyster that are grown in the estuaries of the Loire, Vilaine, and Goulaine rivers in the Aquitaine region of France. The estuaries provide the ideal environment for the oysters to grow, with a mixture of salt and fresh water that gives them their unique flavor and texture.
Aquitaine oysters are known for their large size, firm texture, and a distinct, slightly metallic taste. They are usually consumed raw and are often served with lemon or shallot vinegar.
Aquitaine oysters are harvested between September and April, and are considered to be one of the finest oysters in the world. They have a protected designation of origin (PDO) which means that only oysters produced in a specific area and meeting certain quality standards can be sold as Aquitaine oysters.
The Aquitaine oysters are considered a delicacy and are often served in high-end restaurants and seafood markets. If you’re ever in the Aquitaine region of France, be sure to try some of these delicious oysters.