Higata Oysters Flavor Profile
Higata Oysters are a new oyster released in 2020, created by Pacific Coast Oysters company which is owned by PacSeafood. They are essentially a “sister” of the Shigoku oyster in that they are a Pacific Northwest oyster cultivated in the Willapa Bay oyster appellation in Washington State using the same specialized tidal-tumble suspension tray method used for Shigoku oysters.
The cultivation method uses a stationary line of suspension baskets which are attached to floats in such a manner that as the tides ebb and flow the tray is naturally raised and lowered causing the oysters to be tumbled. Thus, Higata oysters are tumbled twice a day with the tides, which chips the edges of the shells resulting in a uniquely smooth, “clean” edge and deep cups.
They are currently only available (February 2020) in a 5 dozen pack size which arrives in a beautiful box. Higata oysters are about 2″ to 2 1/2″ in size, they are set in deep cups, have a buttery texture, a sweet taste and a crisp melon finish. They are from a 4 star BAP oyster farm which is the only BAP certified oyster farm in the world.
|Location||Willapa Bay, Washington|
|Species||Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)|
|Oyster Availability||October – February|
|Size||2″ to 2 1/2″|
|Oyster Cultivation||Suspension Tray, tide tumbled|
|Oyster Flavor Profile||Higata Oysters have smooth shells with deep cups and buttery textured meats. They have a briny bite, a clean, sweet flavor with a crisp melon finish.|
Higata oysters come hand packed in a nice box with the oysters individually arranged on trays for safe travel. A foam material to hold the oysters in place during shipping and frozen gel bag were inside the box I received.