Culture / Society

There's a reason Limfjord oysters are the best in the world

By Lars Roest-Madsen
Oyster Story III

Photo: Nicolaj Didriksen

True Oyster Cult: the rarest raw product found in all of Denmark

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Johannes Christensen has spent half his life fishing for one of Denmark’s most prized raw ingredients. For the past 21 years he has pulled plump, meaty Limfjord oysters from the seabed.

“I still don’t really enjoy them raw. But if they are gratinated with cheese, butter and garlic, I can manage. Then the texture becomes almost like chicken meat,” says 41-year-old Christensen.

We are on board his fishing boat ‘Emma’, docked in the harbour of Fur, a small island within the Limfjord in northwestern Jutland. The Northwest of Denmark is the land of hard-working people muttering short sentences. It’s the land of huge windmills and flat, rugged coastal landscapes, where unrelenting winds fill the air with salt and sand.