It should come as no surprise that a country famous for great food and romance would take the oyster to a whole new level. Oysters have been considered a delicacy and an aphrodisiac for years. Now the people in the French seaside resort of Île de Ré can have them whenever the mood strikes.
Enterprising French oyster farmers have a new way to sell their oysters- in vending machines. The oysters are fresh and kept in refrigerated vending machines so they’re available 24/7. You can also order them by text. A dozen oysters cost about $8.00.
This concept was inspired by the digital age where everything is “on demand”. The owner of the vending machine said the idea came after customers would come when his shop was closed. They would be frustrated and sales would be lost. He decided to see if there could be a way to dispense the oysters more conveniently. The vending machine seemed a great solution.
While this might seem strange to us, it isn’t unheard of. China has been selling live crabs in vending machines since 2011. Their vending machines sell live hairy crabs with crab vinegar and 2 bags of ginger tea for less than $4.00.
So if you’re in France and the urge hits you, Brendan Spaar says be aware, there is a drawback. The oysters are still in their closed shell so they need to be shucked (opened) which can be tricky.