Hmm, yummy! So they say, I’ve never had one. These oysters live in the port of Lauwersoog and at the foot of the dike around there. Last year I met a man who drove up here all the way from Amsterdam to harvest a trunk load. “Great for the barbeque, with some sambal” (it was a Chinese). The oysters get here in the ballast tanks of ships that come from warmer climes, I’m told.

Nice, you might say, BUT, there are now also disturbing reports of serious injuries that can occur if you step on one. They are so razor sharp they even cut through rubber surf shoes, break and leave the splintered edges in the wound! And, well, as we are used to do some mudflat-strolling over here I’d say: Oy, Oysters!!