Oysterville Select Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics
Oysterville Select Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from one of the Willapa Bay oyster appellations in Washington State. In the Willapa Bay region there is a lack of industry and only a small population in the area. These factors keep Willapa Bay one of the cleanest, most pristine estuarys in the continental United States.
Oysterville Select Oysters are an Intertidal Beach Cultured Oyster which are hand-picked at harvest. The family has been aqua farming since 1935 and have been doing business as Oysterville Sea Farms since January 1991. To my knowledte, they are only available at the Oysterville Sea Farms store located locally in Oysterville. The Oyster Guide says that “The gray-shingled Oysterville Sea Farms building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and looks like it, teeters on the wind-swept edge of the bay.”
Beach cultured oysters are raised on tidal beaches with sandy or rocky bottoms. They are accustomed to fighting the tides, clamping tightly shut during low tides to preserve their “liquor” and to protect themselves against predators. Because of this “tough” life, beach raised oysters are hearty. They have hard, sturdy shells which shuckers like to work with. And their ability to close tightly, coupled with their hard shells, gives them a longer shelf life.
|Oysterville Select Oyster|
|Location||Willapa Bay, Washington Coast|
|Species||Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)|
|Oyster Availability||September – July|
|Size||up to 3″|
|Oyster Cultivation||Beach grown|
|Oyster Flavor Profile||Oysterville Select Oysters have a uniquely complex flavor.|
Visit the Oysterville Oyster website: http://www.willabay.com/learn.html