Shellfish from the Thau basin

The Etang de Thau is the largest (7,500 hectares) and deepest of all the lagoons in Languedoc. It's a real inland sea, joined to the Mediterranean sea by channels, known locally as 'graus', that keep the water well oxygenated.

With an exceptionally varied flora and fauna, this is an ideal environment for growing oysters and mussels, as well as for many wild shellfish and molluscs such as clams, tellines, sea urchins, winkles and so on, as here they can find plenty of the phytoplankton they feed on. 

Shellfish from the Thau basin have been eaten and enjoyed in their natural state since classical times; now a new gastronomy has sprung up around them, whose fame has been quick to cross regional boundaries.
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