The town of Ston or even better, the bay of Mali Ston. You may not have heard of the place itself but, the best oysters in the world can be found here! This type of flat-shelled high-quality oysters ( lat. Ostrea edulis) is the symbol of the town of Ston as well as the saltworks originating from there.

Ston, Croatia - Croatian Attractions-Oysters
Ston, Croatia – Croatian Attractions-Oysters

Traces of oyster farming in the Bay of Malostus at Ston are known from the period of Roman rule in this area.
The first written documents about shellfishing date back to the 16th century, from the time of the Dubrovnik Republic.
The growth of the oyster industry is showing at the beginning of the twentieth century when the first shellfish companies are being established. This results in the acquisition of the Grand Prix and gold medal for the quality of oysters at the 1936 World Expo in London, which was awarded to the Bistrina company.

Ston, Croatia - Croatian Attractions-Oysters
Ston, Croatia – Croatian Attractions-Oysters

The oysters are most dense and most delicious in March when St. Joseph’s feast is celebrated, and gastro experts mention that oysters are best served fresh and spiced with lemon juice.  Just in that spirit of preparation, freshly opened and with the scent of the sea, you can taste those oysters during the feast of St. Joseph’s (19 March) at the Ston restaurants. You can also enjoy yourself at the Oyster festival where you can try fresh seafood of all kinds, prepared the traditional way accompanied by a Dalmatian song and a drop of good Pelješac wine.

P.s. Did you know about the aphrodisiac powers of oysters?

Fresh oysters from Adriatic sea, Croatia photo credit by Croatian Attractions
Fresh oysters from Adriatic sea, Croatia photo credit by Croatian Attractions

Preparation:

The oysters are most used and eaten freshly, alive, on the ice, as a cold appetizer, or an introduction meal in a gastronomically well-prepared menu. As a cold dish, it can be offered as a cocktail, various mignons, and oysters, fish in cold water, canape sandwiches. What you need (besides oysters) is fresh lemon and depending on what you plan to prepare. Except for the most known version – served cold on ice and lemon and eaten with great wine, you can make an oyster soup by adding water, salt, and rice, just as a traditional fish soup/stew. You can also fill them with a mixture of breadcrumbs, fresh garlic, parsley, and Grana Padano. Put them like that in a hot oven for 5 minutes and serve warm.

Maybe you may discover a recipe of your own and send it to us?

Ston, by Archives of Tourist Board of Ston
Ston, by Archives of Tourist Board of Ston
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