Summer Ice Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics
Summer Ice 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. Summer Ice Oysters are farmed by the tray suspension method at a depth of 60 feet. Because the water is always cold at this depth, Summer Ice oysters never spawn and so are of high quality all year long.
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.
|Summer Ice Oyster|
|Location||Pearl Bay, Sunshine Coast, British Columbia|
|Species||Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)|
|Oyster Availability||June – September|
|Size||up to 3″|
|Oyster Cultivation||Suspension tray, 60′ deep|
|Oyster Flavor Profile||Summer Ice Oysters have a high salinity with very firm somewhat transparent meats and a mild flavor.|
|Map||See Summer Ice Oysters Map|