Sinku Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Sinku Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from one of the British Columbia oyster appellations near Vancouver Island, BC. Pearl Bay, Sinku, and Summer Ice oysters are farmed in the Jervis Inlet on the Sunshine Coast. Each is tray suspended and raised at different depths in the pristine water. Sinku Oysters are farmed by the tray suspension method at a depth of 15 deep. All three of the oysters from the Jervis Inlet are excellent, but I like the Sinku the best, followed by the Pearl Bay.

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. The oyster flavor profile of suspended oysters tends to be clean, sweet & light, with meats which are tender.


Sinku Oyster
Location Pearl Bay, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 3″
Oyster Cultivation Suspension tray, 15′ deep
Oyster Flavor Profile Sinku Oysters have delicate meats, a medium brininess with a sweet flavor and a clean melon flavor. Very nice oyster.
Map See Sinku 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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