French Kiss Oyster Flavor Profile

French Kiss Oysters are a Canadian oyster from Miramichi Bay on the Acadian Peninsula near Negauc, New Brunswick.  They are a larger version of the famous Beau Soleils oyster, which is simply allowed to grow for an additional couple of years to reach a size of about 3 1/2 inches.  They are a suspension tray cultivated oyster, placed in mesh bags suspended from floating buoys.  The natural movement of the waves, coupled with the ebb and flow of the tides, results in a natural, gentle chipping away of the shells as they rub and tumble against each other, giving French Kiss oysters deep cups and a perfect paisley shape.

Oysters which spend their entire lives in suspension trays tend to have very brittle shells with weak abductor muscles (meaning they do not hold their liquor well after harvesting). To compensate for this, the folks at Negauc periodically flip the cages, and allow them to spend time out of the water which helps strengthen the oyster’s abductor muscle (as it has to close tightly in order to survive until the water returns).  The result is an oyster with full, plump meats with medium body, a sharp brininess followed by a mild sweetness on the finish.

French Kiss Oysters
Location Miramichi Bay, New Brunswick, Canada
Species Virginica Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)
Oyster Availability Year Around
Size up to 3 1/2″
Oyster Cultivation Suspension Tray cultivation
Oyster Flavor Profile French Kiss Oysters have full, plump meats with medium body, a sharp brininess followed by a mild sweetness on the finish.
Shell Strength = 6       Meat Size = 7        Salinity = 7
Scale: 1 = low, 10 = high

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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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