Rainier Oyster Profile
Rainier Oysters are the “big bad boys” of Puget Sound, with an average size of about 4″ – 5″ long, but easily reaching sizes of over 6 inches long. They are cultivated in South Puget Sound in the shadow of Washington State’s famous Mt. Rainier. They are a large beach grown which have plump, full meats and are perfect for an oyster bake, grilling, barbequing, or for stew. If eaten raw, the smaller Rainiers have a buttery, creamy texture, a light brininess and sweet flavor.
Rainier oysters are a larger version of the Gold Creek oyster. Availability is a bit spotty, with the best source probably being through Penn Cove Shellfish which distributes a variety of PNW oysters.
|Location||South Puget Sound, WA|
|Species||Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)|
|Oyster Availability||September – July|
|Size||3.5″ to over 6″|
|Oyster Cultivation||Beach Grown|
|Oyster Flavor Profile||Rainier Oysters have full meats with a buttery, creamy texture, a light brininess and sweet flavor.|