Ostrea edulis


Most oysters are farmed and the main producers are the USA, Northern Canada, Morocco, South Africa, Greece and a few other European countries.


Oysters are imported into Malta from various producers in the EU and are available all year round as fresh, refrigerated or processed products. It is not yet farmed here.


This oyster is a protandric hermaphrodite which means that it changes sex twice in a season.

Our suggestion

There is a relatively small amount of farming related to this species. The future of oyster farming depends on whether or not a disease-resistant strain is produced through genetic selection. Until then this oyster variety is only farmed to a limited extent. fish for tomorrow suggests you Eat in Moderation. We do not consider it to be over exploited however we cannot say it is an entirely sustainable option due to the implications of farming and importation.