The oyster capital of France: A daily dig for delicious prizes
March 6, 2016 - Uncategorized
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Located on France’s northwestern coast, the town of Cancale has been considered the oyster capital of the country for centuries.
The picturesque town is fronted by vast muddy flats, which are regularly covered and exposed by the tides. The tidal flow brings immense quantities of nutrients from the sea, making the flats fertile ground for growing oysters.
Roman soldiers ate Cancale oysters when they invaded, and Louis XIV was said to have had all his oysters delivered to Versailles from Cancale’s expansive oyster beds.
These photos from the turn of the 20th century show the process of a day’s work for the Cancalais, as men take to the sea in fishing boats at high tide and women harvest, sort and wash the oysters at low tide. Read more…