Mussels are the national dish of Belgium and also ubiquitous in its neighboring country of Holland. Moules Frites is a dish of seasoned steamed mussels with a side of fries to dip in mayonnaise. And, don't call them french fries either in this part of the world. Apparently they did not originate there at all. Not only does Rose eat her mussels by using an old shell to pinch out the meat of a new one but she also stacks all her shells into a cool mussel shell sculpture.
As for the oysters--well, if you are an oyster lover then these oysters from the beds in Zealand Holland must be sampled if you get a chance. With a slightly piney essence, they are amazing.And did you know the Zealand gave the country of New Zealand its name!
The particular situation of Zealand, between rivers and sea, gives its water a particular brackish quality favourable to the growth of oysters and mussels. The capital of oyster culture is Yerseke, from where the Zealand seafood products are exported throughout Europe.