Deer Creek Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Deer Creek Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from one of the South Puget Sound oyster appellations in Washington State. They are an Intertidal Beach Cultured Oyster raised on the cobble beaches of South Hood Canal. They take about 3 years to reach market size.

Beach cultured oysters are accustomed to fighting the tides, clamping tightly shut during low tides when they are exposed to the air so as to preserve their “liquor” and protect themselves against predators. Because of this “tough” life beach raised oysters are hearty and 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.

Deer Creek Oyster
Location South Hood Canal, WA
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 3″
Oyster Cultivation Intertidal beach cultivated
Salinity 3.3%  (3.5% is full ocean salinity)
Oyster Flavor Profile Deer Creek Oysters are deep-cupped with full meats, a crisp brininess clean flavor and mild mineral finish.
Map See Deer Creek Oyster Map

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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