New Year’s Eve: how to choose the right oysters?

New Year’s Eve: how to choose the right oysters?

Close-up on one of the emblematic products of the holidays: oysters. France 2 journalist Léopold Audebert, present on the set of 13 Heures, helps you choose among the different varieties of oysters.

There are two different forms of oysters: flat oysters found mainly in Brittany and Normandy, and cupped oysters. “We can distinguish two categories of cupped oysters: the fine de claire oyster and the special oyster. The cupped oyster represents the major part of French production (95%). More than 100,000 tons of oysters are produced each year”explains France 2 journalist Léopold Audebert, present on the 13 Hours set.

“In order not to end up with an upset stomach, there are three things to do: first, check the smell of the oyster. You have to make sure that the oysters are well closed at the time of purchase, you shouldn’t hesitate to have them knock together. If it sounds hollow, it’s not a very good sign”, says the journalist. The taste of oysters differs depending on the variety. Some oysters are harvested at sea and sold directly; they therefore have a strong iodized taste. Others pass through basins before being marketed: their iodized taste is refined.

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