Chelsea Gem Oyster Flavor Profile

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Chelsea Gem Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from one of the South Puget Sound oyster appellations in Washington State. They are a rack & bag farmed oyster. They are grown in mesh cages or bags which are staked low to the bottom. Oysters raised by the rack & bag method are protected from predators and do not become cramped for space as they grow. They also do not have to filter as much sand & mud in order to get nutrients, thus they grow faster. Usually, if the oyster is raised entirely by the rack & bag method then they are pampered and their shells tend to be brittle. But with Chelsea Gems there is enough intertidal current to beat them up just enough to toughen-up their shells nicely.

Chelsea Gem Oyster
Location Eld Inlet, South Puget Sound, WA
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 3″
Oyster Cultivation Rack & Bag
Oyster Flavor Profile Chelsea Gem Oysters are deep-cupped with small meats, low brininess, a creamy texture and sweet flavor.
Map See Chelea Gem Oyster Map

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 raw oysters.


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