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Blue Point Oysters

Genuine Blue Point Oyster by Blue Island Shellfish

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Flavor Profile Characteristics

Blue Point Oysters have largely become a generic name for oysters harvested from multiple locations anywhere in the Long Island Sound in the New York & Connecticut oyster region. The result is that the flavor & briniess is all over the spectrum, from boring to quite good. They are a Bottom Cultured Oyster.

True, Genuine Blue Point Oysters Return!

In 1995 Chris Quartuccio established Blue Island Shellfish Farms and he has successfully brought back a True Blue Point Oyster with it's characteristic brininess. He offers the only Genuine Blue Point Oyster. It has a consistently fresh, crisp, firm texture, with a sweet aftertaste that sparkles with salinity.

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History

Blue Point Oysters originated near the town of Blue Point, Long Island, situated on Great South Bay, New York.  In the early 1800's they were famous for their robust, wild flavor and it became the favorite oyster of Queen Victoria.  The name Blue Point Oyster was so popular that many people pirated the name in the 1800's until finally in 1908 the New York State Legislature passed a law stating, "No person, firm or corporation shall sell or offer for sale any oysters, or label or brand any package containing oysters for shipment or sale, under the name of Blue Point oysters, other than oysters that have been cultivated in the waters of the Great South Bay in Suffolk County." 

But somehow the law became "diluted" and Blue Point Oysters had become a generic term for any Long Island Oyster.  But then in 1995 Blue Island Shellfish Farms opened and is now recognized as the only grower on earth of genuine Blue Point oysters.

Blue Point Oysters

Location

Anywhere in Long Island Sound, New York and Connecticut

Species

Virginica Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)

Oyster Availability

September - July

Size

up to 4"

Oyster Cultivation

Bottom cultured

Oyster Flavor Profile

The Blue Point oyster name has become generic and so the flavor can vary. Generally, Blue Point oysters have satiny, almost liquid meats with a high brininess and very mild flavor.

Genuine Blue Point Oysters have a fresh, crisp, firm texture, with a sweet aftertaste that sparkles with salinity.

Visit Blue Island Shellfish Farms website.

See proper shellfish storage methods for the best way to maintain the shelf life and flavor of your oysters. Also, check-out our list of where to buy oysters.

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