Oysters, Sister Point

Product #: 33060SP

Scientific Name: Crassostrea gigas

Country of Origin: United States

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Catch Info:

  • Mehtod:
    Off-Bottom Culture
  • Gear:
    Bag culture
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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.

This oyster is from the lower end of Hood Canal, Washington. As thumbnail sized seed, these oysters are placed in plastic mesh bags, which are then staked directly onto the beach. They are tended regularly allowing for water to flow freely and feed the oysters for about a year and a half until they reach the perfect size. They have a nice deep cup with a firm, meaty body and briny flavor with a sweet finish.

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