Pearl Bay Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Pearl Bay Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from one of the British Columbia oyster appellations near Vancouver Island, BC. They are suspension tray farmed in the deep cold waters by Sykes Island in the Jervis Inlet. There are three different oysters cultivated by the same company here: Pearl Bay, Sinku, and Summer Ice. Each of these three are grown in trays set at different depths in the pristine waters and each has it’s own flavor characteristics. Of the three Pearl Bay oysters are raised closest to the surface but are never actually exposed to the air. Pearl Bay Oysters have a medium-high brininess with a smooth, sweet flavor and a cucumber finish.

Oysters which are cultivated by the suspension method are the primadonnas of oyster. They are suspended in mesh trays in deep water their entire lives, protected from predators, mud, sand and silt. They have beautiful shells with deep cups, but they are an oyster shucker’s nightmare because their shells are brittle since they never had to fight for survival.

 

Pearl Bay Oysters
Location Jervis Inlet, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 3″
Oyster Cultivation Suspension trays
Oyster Flavor Profile Pearl Bay Oysters have a medium-high brininess with a smooth, sweet flavor and a cucumber finish. Very nice!
Map See Pearl Bay 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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