Food from the Eastern Scheldt
The Eastern Scheldt offers an abundance of food for birds and humans alike. Oysters, mussels and periwinkles (known as krukels in the local dialect), it’s all there for the taking. You can pick a small meal. The rest is for the birds. Stick to a few rules so we all can enjoy this beatiful national park.
Along the entire shoreline of the Eastern Scheldt, mussels, oysters and krukels can be found on and between the rocks in the tidal zone along the foot of the dike. You can pick your choice from two hours before to two hours after low tide. At high tide, the shellfish disappear underwater. The tide tool will give you an approximation of the tides.
Keep an eye on tide and weather so that you're not caught by the rising tide.
The Eastern Scheldt is a Natura 2000 natural reserve. Many parts are accessible, but not all. The accessible areas can be found on this map published by Rijkswaterstaat (Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management). Make sure you don’t disturb nature in these areas (see Rules). For the Plaat van Oude Tonge are since 12 october 2021 a few new rules.
Collecting and eating wild food is a unique experience. Pay attention to what you see and do. When in doubt as to whether something is edible, do not eat it. Enjoy these salty delicacies in one of the local restaurants, or go to a tasting or on an excursion.
Have a look at the activities map for various options. Collecting and eating these salty delicacies is at your own risk. Oysters reproduce in summer. Their taste is then less pleasant.