Otter Cove Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Otter Cove Oysters are one of the oyster appellations from the North Puget Sound region in Washington State. They start as an Intertidal Beach Cultured Oyster from Dabob Bay in Hood Canal but after a few years on the beaches there they are taken north to Snow Creek Seafarms in Discovery Bay to be finished by the rack & bag method. This is opposite of how it is usually done, which is to go from rack & bag to the beach. This process allows them to fatten-up before harvest on the nurtrient rich waters of Discovery Bay. It takes 3 – 4 years for them to reach market size.

Otter Cove Oysters have full, plump meats, medium-high brininess, and finish with a mild clean sweetness and touch of cucumber.


Otter Cove Oyster
Location Discovery Bay, North Puget Sound, WA
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 3″
Oyster Cultivation Beach to rack & bag
Salinity 3.1% (3.5% is full ocean salinity)
Oyster Flavor Profile Otter Cove Oysters have full, plump meats, medium-high brininess, and a mild clean sweetness.
Map See Otter Cove 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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