Product #: 33060CM
Scientific Name: Crassostrea gigas
Country of Origin: NZ
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Harvested in the coves and bays along the west coast, Pacific oysters will take on the characteristics of the waters from which they are harvested. Pacific oysters tend to be mild, sweet, and slightly salty.
On the west coast of the U.S. Pacific oysters are found from Alaska to California. They can be found cultured and wild in temperate waters all over the world.
The Pacific oyster was introduced from Japan after the population of the west coast's primary native oyster crashed in early 1900s. Wild populations easily established themselves, but became so popular that now west coast oysters are nearly always farmed to keep up with the demand. This species is very easy to propagate and are usually raised in bags or racks or attached to ropes in their natural habitat. Oysters are filter feeders, removing excess nutrients and particulate matter from the water as they feed, actually improving water quality in the surrounding area.
These New Zealand oysters were different. Shells were beautifully ridged like Gigas oysters, and the meats were super firm and plump (makes sense since it’s winter in New Zealand this time of year). What I didn’t expect, though, was their texture: they were… chewy, almost crunchy. Flavor-wise, they were nice for the sweet oyster lover -- strong melon finish with a mild brine. My favorite thing about the oyster was how easy and clean it was to shuck them.
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