Nootka Sound Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Nootka Sound Oysters are among the most remotely cultured oysters in North America. They are raised on the western side of Vancouver Island about two-thirds of the way up the coastline in an area which is rumored to have little more than a single logging road for access. The region is a series of fjords and known for its coastal rain forests, abundant wildlife, and sparseness of humankind.

The information I have says that they are a Beach Cultured oyster and the photo here supports that. But The Oyster Guide says that the oysters he received appeared to be Tray Suspended and if so then they would look like the oysters posted on Oysterater (although they say the oysters are Beach Grown, the appearance is clearly Tray Suspended). I suspect that they were originally beach cultured and in more recent years are being tray cultivated.


Nootka Sound Oyster
Location NW Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 3″
Oyster Cultivation Intertidal Beach farmed
Oyster Flavor Profile Noodka Sound Oysters have white meats with dark black mantles. They have a very complex flavor with high brininess, a taste of nori, and a hint of anise on the finish.
Map See Nootka Sound Oysters 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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Peter Rothermel

They could be beach grown, but on a beach that sees little or no wave action. Nootka sound is the area behind Nootka Island and covers a large area. Maybe visit these areas in person before commenting.

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