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We are truly excited to be able to offer you a fantastic, locally sourced product imbued with a history and provenance found nowhere else in the UK.

Cornish Native Oysters or 'Fal Oysters'; are wild native oysters found on the sea and river bed of the Fal Estuary and are famed for their distinctive sweet, fresh and delicate flavour.

Governed by ancient laws that were put in place to protect the natural ecology of the riverbeds and oyster stocks, oystermen on the Fal are prohibited from using engines. Instead, sail power and hand-pulled dredges must be used. This is the only oyster fishery in Europe where such traditional methods must be used.

For over a century, Cornish families have derived their livelihood from oyster dredging in the Carrick Roads and surrounding rivers. Many of the oyster boats, known as Falmouth Working Boats and using the original gaff cutter sail rig, were built at boatyards around the Fal with some of the oldest of these dating back as far as 1860.

The oyster beds, or lays, are marked by sticks, or ‘withies’, that protrude from the water. The fishermen rely on the tides, wind, their skill, and knowledge of the fishing waters to dredge for these little gems. Once caught, the oysters are purified for 36 hours before being sold.

You can purchase these beauties in Dozens or Half-Dozens. We have also put together a “Native Oyster and Mignonette Dressing Kit” for those of you who might enjoy it.

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Recipes & Cooking

Oysters can be shucked and eaten fresh on their own, but we prefer a little something with them, even if it is simply a glass of Camel Valley Sparkling Pink! Lemon, pepper and tabasco works well as does a simple Mignonette Sauce, which you could make at home or order one of Chef Stu's when you buy your Oysters.

Oysters are best eaten within 2 days of receipt

Here we show you how to store, shuck and enjoy Oysters:

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Health & Nutrition

The impressive health benefits of oysters come from their vast stockpiles of minerals, vitamins, and organic compounds. In fact, certain minerals are in their highest content in oysters, meaning that they are the premiere food item in the entire world for their supplementation, particularly of zinc. They have very high levels of protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, copper, manganese, and selenium. They also contain high levels of niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin C, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Finally, they are a huge source of beneficial cholesterol, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and water. If that is not a superfood, then I don't know what is! Oh....and it can have aphrodisiac benefits too!

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Sustainability & Provenance

The Porthilly Pacific Oysters we source are grown in the tidal waters of the stunning Camel Estuary, near Rock, on the North Cornish Coast.
Store oysters in a fridge at no lower than 4°C, cupped side down on a tray or plate and covered with a clean damp cloth. Eat within two days of receipt. Read more

Customer reviews

Freshness of the Sea

Hi Paul & Team Thank you all so much for the Valentines Hamper Special! It arrived: on time, in perfect condition and filled the kitchen with the freshness of the sea! We enjoyed it all but especially the beautiful impressive lobster - most flavoursome we've ever eaten this side of the Tamar! A real delicious treat and terrific surprise for my husband Alan! All the best to you and hope these storms abate soon and are not causing you too much havoc! Saw pictures of Fore Street, Fowey flooded!

Gilly Perrett, Teddington

It's best when it's fresh!

Love all sea food but became disappointed with what the best supermarket chains could offer .. the only great sea food is when its fresh .. Had two deliveries from FFT both perfect keep up the good work ..Its just not the quality of your fish and shellfish its also the fantastic delivery service from DPD with there 1 hour time slot second to none - great combination

Nick Smith, Suffolk

Xmas Buffet Box

Just to say a big thank you to you and the team for the bumper Xmas buffet box, which arrived on time (as always) this morning. Oysters on the menu tonight! The rest has been put to the back of the fridge or frozen for a festive gathering we’re planning with close friends and neighbours on the 28th December. Lucky them, lucky us! Love the tea-towel, too!

Diane Spencer, Powys

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