Moonstone Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

Moonstone Oysters are an East Coast oyster from one of the Massachusetts & Rhode Island oyster appellations. They are cultivated in Point Judith Pond on the Rhode Island coast just south of Narragansett Bay. Moonstone oysters have beautiful white shells with black stripes and very deep cups. They have a complex flavor profile, exhibiting hints of copper, iron and stone.

Moonstone Oysters are rack & bag farmed oysters grown in mesh cages or bags which are staked about one to two feet off 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. They develop a deeper cup than beach cultured oysters. However, if the oyster is raised entirely this way then they are pampered and their shells tend to be brittle which makes them difficult to shuck without breaking.

Moonstone Oyster
Location Point Judith Pond, Rhode Island
Species Virginica Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 4″
Oyster Cultivation Rack & Bag cultured oyster
Oyster Flavor Profile Moonstone Oysters are a briny, full-flavored, deep-cupped oyster. They have the rich taste of umami laced with mineral and stone accents followed by a long finish.


See proper shellfish storage methods for the best way to maintain the shelf life and flavor of your oysters. Visit the Moonstone Oyster website.

See our list of Where to buy Raw Oysters.

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