Quadra Island Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

Quadra Island Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from Desolation Sound in one of the British Columbia oyster appellations by Vancouver Island, BC. They are farmed by the tray suspension method. 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. Quadra Island oysters have beautiful shells white shells flecked with pink & brown, but they are an oyster shucker’s nightmare because their shells are brittle since they never had to fight for survival. The oyster flavor profile of suspended oysters tends to be clean, sweet & light, with meats which are tender.

Quadra Island Oyster
LocationDesolation Sound, Strait of Georgia, British Columbia
SpeciesPacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster AvailabilitySeptember – July
Sizeup to 3″
Oyster CultivationSuspension tray
Oyster Flavor ProfileQuadra Island Oysters have cups which vary from shallow to deep, have petite meats with mild flavor, a green apple accent and a hint of anise on the finish.
MapSee Quadra Island 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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