Wilde Wadoesters currently supply Mediamatic ETEN with hand-picked wild oysters from the beds of the Wadden Sea. Specifically, these are Pacific oysters (crassostrea gigas), a species that is widely cultivated worldwide. These oysters first landed in the Wadden Sea around 1980, and spread across the Wadden, generating large oyster beds. At low tide the oyster beds are dry and fishermen can pick up the oysters. They are then cleaned and packed on shore.
The Wadden Sea is a special area. The salt water of the North Sea and the fresh water of the Rhine and Ems come together in the Wadden through sheltered coastal waters. This means that the oysters have firm flesh with the pure taste of the Wadden: salty, sweet, full and round.