Denman Island Oyster Profile

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Denman Island is situated on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. It is a well known region for oyster cultivation with names like Fanny Bay, Chef’s Creek, and Deep Bay being cultivated in the same region.

They are started as hatchery spat and suspended from trays until they reach a large enough size to transfer to the Island’s beaches to finish their grown-out, being nourished by the waters and tossed by the tides of the Strait of Georgia. The result is that Denman Island oysters have thick, hard shells and full meats with a clean, sweet flavor, a medium brininess and a watermelon finish.

The average size is about 3” and it takes up to 18 months to reach harvest size. They are typically available from October thru July.

Denman Island Oyster
Location Denman Island, Strait of Georgia, British Columbia
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability October – July
Size up to 3″
Oyster Cultivation Beach Grown
Oyster Flavor Profile Denman Island oysters have thick, hard shells and full meats with a clean, sweet flavor, a medium brininess and a watermelon 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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