Quilcene Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Quilcene Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from one of the north Hood Canal oyster appellations in Washington State’s Puget Sound. They are an Intertidal Beach Cultured Oyster. 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.


Quilcene Oyster
Location Quilcene Bay, North Hood Canal, WA
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 6″
Oyster Cultivation Beach grown
Oyster Flavor Profile Quilcene Oysters have delicate meats with a medium brininess, clean flavor and sweet finish.
Map See Quilcene 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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DAVID BUCHANAN    [ Jul 09, 2010 ]

Good point Chef.  Although I hope that the BPoil spill in the gulf will not wipe out the oysters in  the region.

CAJUN CHEF RYAN []    [ Jul 09, 2010 ]

These oysters may see some extra sales if Gulf oysters are devestated from the oil spill.

Bon appetit!





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