Fal oysters from Cornwall have become the latest UK food product to join the ranks of Champagne, Jersey Royal potatoes and Cornish Pasties in gaining the EU’s coveted protected food name status.

The oysters are caught between October and March with traditional sailing and rowing vessels unique to the Truro Port Fishery in Cornwall.

The name has now been granted Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status by the European Commission, the body announced yesterday.

Fal oyster is commonly known as a flat or native oyster, and is firm and salty with a juicy body. The flavour is said to be reminiscent of melon, lettuce and cucumber.

Last month, Fenland celery gained Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status, another category within the EU’s protected food name scheme, which protects products closely linked to a geographical area where at least one of the stages of production, processing or preparation takes place.

PDOs cover products which are produced, processed and prepared in a given geographical area using recognised know-how.