Belon (France)

Belon (France)

Belon River, Brittany   Map

The most famous oyster in the world, Belons are harvested from all over France and finished in special walled ponds (“claires”) in the brackish waters of the Belon River, a process the French call “affinage.”

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  1. Rowan Jacobsen
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    These are fascinating, yet strange. They certainly have that “hazelnut” flavor people describe in France, but they also have a lot of iodine and cedar, plus that battery-on-the-tongue thing. They are smaller than you expect, and very fun to eat, though I’m not sure why. Americans, you can’t get these, but if you travel to Montreal, La Mer brings them in every April.

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