Bumper French oyster crop for Christmas

18th December 2003, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 17 (AFP) - Last summer's heatwave has had the beneficial effect for French Christmas revellers of an oyster crop that is of rare delicacy, the head of the French oyster-growers' association said Wednesday.

PARIS, Dec 17 (AFP) - Last summer's heatwave has had the beneficial effect for French Christmas revellers of an oyster crop that is of rare delicacy, the head of the French oyster-growers' association said Wednesday.

"We have an incredible opportunity because thanks to the heatwave we have an exceptional vintage," said Goulven Brest.

Unusually hot weather in August meant that the oysters matured early, so the optimum moment for eating them has been brought forward by a month from mid-January, he said.

Some 40 percent of France's oyster production - this year 137,000 tonnes - is consumed at Christmas.

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