Baynes Sound Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Baynes Sound Oysters are also known as Komo Gway Oysters and are a Pacific Northwest oyster from one of the British Columbia oyster appellations. They are cultivated in the heart of Canada’s Shellfish Capital – the Comox Valley within the traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation. The pristine coastal waters of Baynes Sound provide an abundance of nutrients for these oysters which have a long history of sustainable farming practices.

Baynes Sound Oysters are an Intertidal Beach Cultured Oyster and take about 4 years to reach market size. 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.

Baynes Sound Oyster
Location Baynes Sound, E. Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 4″
Oyster Cultivation Beach cultured
Salinity 3.1%  (3.5% is full ocean salinity)
Oyster Flavor Profile Baynes Sound Oysters are firm fleshed with a refreshingly briny taste and vibrantly colored mantel. They have a subtle note of cucumber & a slightly sweet finish

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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