Fresh Oysters – Famous Mali Ston Fresh Oysters
Mali Ston (little Ston) is not only the name for a Bay area or small village town! Its one of the most important nature reservoirs in Croatia. Besides the ancient defensive stone walls, this location is famous because of the superior quality of Fresh Oysters. It’s an ideal natural place for growing oysters.
This native oyster (Ostrea edulis) has an irregular roundish shape with asymmetric ruff edges. It grows up to 15 cm at its longest part and may take up to 5 years to mature. Oysters (Kamenice in Croatian) is quite difficult to recognise in the sea because it looks identical to stones. This is why it barres the Croatian name “Kamenice” (means “Stones”). Oysters prefer bay areas with lower salinity of the sea and mainly closed bays or coves with the influx of fresh water.
In early spring, around the local feast of Saint Joseph the fleshy body of this unique shell is most generous and mature. After it’s opened with a sharp knife the shell is separated and your senses are awakened with selenium, zinc, chromium and iodine.
The fresh oysters flesh is very nutritious because it contains a lot of carbohydrates, protein, minerals and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D, E, EP, A15. For example a fresh oyster has the same amount of vitamin C as 3 grams of pure lemon juice.
For many Gourmet’s, tasting raw food is a ritual well enjoyed. Fresh oysters are the perfect delicacy and best enjoyed when fresh, raw and with the addition of a few drops of lemon juice.
If you’ve never tried a fresh oyster, try one in good faith! The sense of freshness from this part of the world remains forever. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine.