The coastline of Jersey offers infinite variety majestic cliffs, exposed bays, sandy beaches and rocky coves all easily accessible by road or on foot. At each low water the Island doubles in size with the third largest tidal range in the world.
The Jersey Oyster Company cultivates mussels on five hectares of beach area in the Royal Bay of Grouville. We grow these mussels from seed on wooden poles, a traditional method prevalent in the Brittany and Normandy regions of France. They are called ‘Bouchot’ mussels and are ready to harvest in April and May each year. With a particularly sweet and succulent flavour, they are very much in demand throughout their short season. They are always grit free because they never come into contact with the seabed. During September, mussel seed is bought from Ireland where it has been settled onto ropes. These ropes are wound in spirals around the Bouchot poles. The mussels continue to grow during the winter and the following spring.