We have a passion for sustainability & our products alike, so for us its less about where you buy and more about empowering you with the information you need to make informed decisions on both where you would like to buy your produce and what type of produce you would like to buy.
There are both myths and interesting facts related to oysters & mussels and so here’s a brief intro about our products to get you up to speed.
MORE ABOUT OUR PRODUCTS: MUSSEL & OYSTER FACTS
- Mussels can float in the water for several years as an embryo until they find something to attach to to begin the growing process.
- It takes 8 months for a mussel to grow to harvest size
- They are the most sustainable seafood in the world
- They are filter feeders
- They can only survive in very clean water conditions
- A single drop line of 6 meters in the water can carry nearly ½ a ton of mussels
- Ounce for ounce mussel contain more protein than beef, less fat, more nutrients and a quarter of the calories
- Our oysters are pacific oysters
- They do not produce pearls so a find is very rare
- They are intersexual
- They have been around for more than 180 million years
- Their blood is colourless
- They filter 200 litres of water per day = 266 bottles of wine…
- Oysters are not an aphrodisiac but we can’t say the same about champagne
- The water quality is so high in Saldanha that the oysters grow nearly 3 times faster than anywhere else in the world.
Red tide is a common name for a phenomenon known as an algal bloom whereby large concentrations of aquatic microorganisms become toxic. It is most identifiable when the surface of the water takes on a reddish brown colour. The result is that feeding shellfish become toxic due to the build-up of toxins in the water.
There are two main types of red tide to be aware of, DSP and PSP.
- In both cases you cannot eat shellfish during this period. However DSPs effects will cause nausea and diarrhoea and are considered mild. This is the most common of red tide illnesses.
- PSP however has far more alarming effects and is known as Paralytic shellfish poisoning but to date there has never been a recorded case of PSP in South Africa.
- Red tide is heavily monitored by the industry and government alike with multiple tests being run by many independent labs on a daily basis. We have some of the strictest and highest required testing in the world here in South Africa.
What We Offer
Trust! We are the only specialist company in Southern Africa with a key focus in purveying the highest grade of live oysters & mussels available to South Africans. Our sustainably farmed produce is hauled from the icy depths of our Saldanha Bay farms every Friday morning and delivered live and directly to your door, same day.
By choosing to consume these two jewels from the ocean, you’re making a conscious decision to assist mother nature in restoring her fish stocks and the sensitive eco systems and patterns which govern our existence. Mussels and oysters are amongst the most sustainable food sources in the world.