Gold Creek Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Gold Creek Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster grown on the rocky shores of the southern end of one of the Hood Canal oyster appellations in Washington State. They have a history dating back to the gold rush days.

Gold Creek Oysters are an Intertidal Beach Cultured Oyster. 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.

Gold Creek Oyster
Location South Hood Canal, WA
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 4″
Oyster Cultivation Intertidal Beach grown
Salinity 3.3%  (3.5% is full ocean salinity)
Oyster Flavor Profile Gold Creek Oysters have nice full cups, a mild, clean flavor and a bright brininess.
Map See Gold 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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