Alaska Gold Oyster Flavor Profile

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Alaska Gold Oysters are cultivated in the pristine waters of Heceta Island, a remote uninhabited island in South Eastern Alaska near Prince of Wales Island. Owner Mike Sheets Jr. is among a handful of pioneering Alaskan oyster farmers who believe that their uniquely pristine products will be the future of shellfish production in the US.Alaska Gold oysters are a suspension cultivated oyster, which means they never come in contact with the sandy/muddy ocean floor. Instead, they remain suspended above the bottom, feeding off the nutrient rich waters of the region. Like the Kusshi oyster, they are also tumbled on a regular basis, though I think it is less frequently than the Kusshi because the Alaska Gold shells are more delicate. This tumbling technique gives the oysters a unique manicured look, with a consistent tear-drop shape and very deep cups.

Remaining true to their cultivation method, Alaska Gold oysters have very deep cups with an amazing amount of liquor. They have clean, sweet meats with a hint of mineral and a high salinity…a pleasure to eat!

 

Alaska Gold Oyster
Location Near Prince of Wales Island, South East Alaska
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability
Size up to 3″
Oyster Cultivation Suspension Tray; Tumbled
Oyster Flavor Profile Alaska Gold oysters have very deep cups with an amazing amount of liquor. They have clean, sweet meats with a hint of mineral and a high salinity.


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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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