Marrowstone Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Marrowstone Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from one of the North Puget Sound oyster appellations in Washington State. They are beach cultivated in the pristine waters of Mystery Bay just south of Fort Flagler State Park on Marrowstone Island near Port Townsend, WA.

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.


Marrowstone Oyster
Location Mystery Bay, Marrowstone Island, WA
Species Virginica Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 4″
Oyster Cultivation Beach cultivated
Oyster Flavor Profile Marrowstone Oysters have firm, plump meats with a medium brininess, sweet flavor and a honeydew 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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