Product #: 33030FB
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.
Pure as a baby with the attitude of a seasoned New York fisherman. Wild Long Island oysters rich with character. The shape, size, taste, and texture of every oyster is a product of its environment and tells its life story. Fat Baby Oysters are diver-caught in deep waters, which means they are hand-harvested by scuba oystermen clad with breathing apparatuses. Harvesting oysters this way avoids environmentally harmful techniques such as dredging. Every oyster is hand-washed to ensure long shelf life and hand-graded for quality and presentation.
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