Product #: 33030CS
Scientific Name: Crassostrea virginica
Country of Origin: United States
Harvested along the entire east coast of the US and Canada, eastern oysters take on the flavors of the waters around them, thus oysters are often named by their origin. Salinity is the biggest factor, but temperature can affect their size and texture as well. Eastern oysters tend to be salty and meaty.
Eastern oysters are found along the Atlantic coast of North America and throughout the Gulf of Mexico.
Eastern oysters are both wild harvested (primarily in the Gulf of Mexico) and farmed (primarily along the Atlantic coast of the U.S. and Canada). Many wild populations have decline substantially due to habitat loss, coastal pollution, and overharvest. Now wild oyster harvest is regulated to conserve what remains and in some areas wild beds are being rehabilitated to increase populations. Wild oysters are harvested with dredges or tongs, which is a fairly gentle method. Farmed oysters are usually raised in bags or racks or attached to ropes in their native habitats. Oysters are filter feeders, removing excess nutrients and particulate matter from the water as they feed, actually improving water quality in the surrounding area.
The Choptank is a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay located on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It is a region with a rich history and tradition of oystering. Choptank Sweets are a robust, meaty oyster with a rich creamy texture. They have a sweet buttery flavor with a clean crisp finish. The moderate salinity of the Choptank ensures that the flavor is not overburdened with saltiness, thus allowing the more subtle, and complex natural flavors of the oyster to be detected. Choptank Sweets are available throughout the year, because they are an aquacultured oyster. Our oysters are not subject to the seasonal harvest restrictions of wild caught oysters. Contrary to popular belief, oysters remain flavorful and can be enjoyed all year long.
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