Thanks to the proximity of water and salty influences, the Dutch Schouwen-Duiveland has a rich culinary offer. The island is therefore known for its delicious seafood and local products. From mussels to sea lavender and samphire, you will find a variety of tastes and scents that will make your mouth water. Moreover, it is home to the Dutch sea salt, the white wine served in KLM business class and the soft Oosterschelde lobster that you can taste until July 15. Prepare yourself for an unmissable culinary journey of discovery.
Sweet, soft Oosterschelde lobster
Did you know that the Oosterschelde is one of the only places in the Netherlands where lobster is fished? Until July 15, you can enjoy Oosterschelde lobster on Schouwen-Duiveland, which has a sweeter and softer taste than ordinary lobster. In the numerous restaurants on the island you can taste different preparations of this delicious dish between the end of March and the middle of July. After the season, the Oosterschelde lobster is only available at a few restaurants where the caught lobsters are kept in a homarium, while supplies last.
Zeeland mussels, oysters and fresh fish
Furthermore, the Oosterschelde and the Grevelingenmeer are the ideal breeding ground for mussels, oysters and fresh fish. You can enjoy daily fresh fish and Zeeland mussels in Bruinisse, the mussel village par excellence. These mussels are grown on Schouwen-Duiveland using both bottom culture and hanging culture and are of the highest quality. If you want to learn more about the history of mussels, you can visit the Brusea museum in Bruinisse. Furthermore, two types of oysters are cultivated on special oyster beds on Schouwen-Duiveland: the flat oyster and the Zeeland convex oyster. By the way, you can collect oysters up to ten kilograms for your own use. The oyster season runs from September to April.
Salty sea vegetables
In addition, various sea vegetables such as sea lavender, samphire and various types of seaweed grow on the island. The taste of these plants is influenced by the salty environment and gives each dish a unique taste. The seasonings are locally sourced and go perfectly with fish dishes. They are therefore increasingly used by chefs from all over the country.
The season runs from April to mid-August. Keep in mind that harvesting sea vegetables is only allowed with a permit. Do you feel like getting started with it yourself? Buy your sea vegetables directly from a greengrocer or grower. Or go out with a forester through the Koudekerkse inlaag and taste the Zeeland delights, fresh and pure nature.
Dutch wines, gin and rum
Did you know that Dutch wines have been made in Dreischor since 2001? The vineyards of the Kleine Schorre benefit from the sunny climate and the salty air of the Oosterschelde. The traditional grape varieties grown there provide a local white wine that fits perfectly with the local products. These wines are now even served in KLM business class.
In addition to wine, gin and rum are also made on the island with local ingredients. For example, the salt from the Oosterschelde provides a unique salty taste that fits perfectly with the Schouwen-Duiveland kitchen, but sea buckthorn, pine tops and pear also provide a fresh, individual touch. The local SchoDu gin was awarded a score of 8.9 and a recommendation by no less than 30 connoisseurs at the Gin Festival in London.
From Zeeuwse Bolus to Zeeuwse Zoute
In addition to these delicious ingredients, there are many other regional products on the island, such as Zeeland speculaas, farmer’s cheese, and various types of beer. Even those with a sweet tooth don’t stay hungry. Order a real Zeeland Bolus with your coffee or opt for the smaller butter babbler. Since 2019, you will also find a special regional product in the fishing village of Bruinisse: Zeeuwsche Zoute, the Dutch sea salt.
Since the start, different flavor variants of the salt have been developed from pure to smoked and now even a version with wakame. Whatever your preference, Schouwen-Duiveland cuisine is a true journey of discovery for every connoisseur.
On the island there is a rich offer of restaurants, cafes and bars. From trendy beach bars to luxury restaurants, there is something for everyone. Furthermore, many activities are organized around food and drinks. For example, you can take a tour of a wine farm, participate in a cooking workshop or attend a tasting. You can also opt for a culinary cycling or walking tour that takes you along various routes past local farmers, cheese dairies, vineyards and other regional producers.
More information about the regional products and the culinary possibilities on Schouwen-Duiveland can be found at opschouwenduiveland.nl
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