Sunset Beach Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Sunset Beach Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from one of the South Puget Sound oyster appellations in Washington State. They are an Intertidal Beach Cultured Oyster which means they are accustomed to fighting the tides, clamping tightly shut during the low tides to preserve their “liquor” and to protect themselves against predators. Because of this “rough and tumble” life, beach raised oysters are hearty and have hard, sturdy shells which shuckers prefer to work with. Their ability to close tightly also gives them a longer shelf life than other methods of cultivation.


Sunset Beach Oyster
Location Lower Hood Canal, WA
Species Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster Availability September – July
Size up to 4″
Oyster Cultivation Beach raised
Oyster Flavor Profile Sunset Beach Oysters have full, plump meats with a medium brininess and sweet flavor. The oyster is easy to shuck and has a tough shell.

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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