dish oyster

[English] plural dish oysters

Rock oyster with long, deep shells which, on the whole, breed in the estuaries of the Gironde and Charente rivers and are matured at Marennes (see Les Claires). They are sold as Fines de Claires and Spéciales, which are large and Huîtres de Parc which are standard size. It can take two to four years to produce these oysters.

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