Widow’s Hole Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

Widow’s Hole Oysters are from one of the Long Island oyster appellations in the New York & Connecticut oyster region.  They used to ba a rack & bag farmed oyster but around 2015 they switched to a tidal basket on long lines cultivation method using seapa baskets. They are farmed in Peconic Bay which is rich with algae in the summer.

Tidal basket cultivated oysters are grown in mesh baskets which are attached to a long horizontal line.  The baskets have floats on the opposite side of where they are attached to to long line. This causes the baskets to rise and fall with the changing of the tides, effectively tumbling the oysters twice per day.

Oysters raised by tidal basket 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 most other cultivated oysters and the constant tumbling gives them smooth, well defined shells.


Widows Hole Oyster
Location Greenport, Long Island, New York
Species Virginica Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 3″
Oyster Cultivation Seapa baskets on long lines (tidal baskets)
Oyster Flavor Profile Widows Hole Oysters have tender, delectable meats with a medium brininess, sweet flavor and mineral finish.


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

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