James River Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

James River Oysters are one of the oyster appellations from the Chesapeake Bay region off the Maryland and Virginia coasts. They are found in the brakish waters of the James River near Norfork, Virginia. They are far enough from the sea to have it effect them with a lower salinity. In the days of the Colonies this region thrived with a multitude of oysters. The area’s oyster population is coming back but not like the days of old.

James River Oyster
Location James River, Chesapeake Bay Tributary, Virginia, USA
Species Virginica Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 4″
Oyster Cultivation Wild ones are bottom cultured; auquacultured ones are rack & bag cultivated
Oyster Flavor Profile James River Oysters have a mild brininess, plump meats and very mild flavor.


See proper shellfish storage methods for the best way to maintain the shelf life and flavor of your James River Oysters.

See our list of Where to buy Raw Oysters.

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