Hawks Point Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Hawk’s Point Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from the Willapa oyster appellation in Washington State. In the Willapa Bay region there is a lack of industry and only a small population in the area. These factors keep Willapa Bay one of the cleanest, most pristine estuarys in the continental United States.

Hawk’s Point Oysters are rack & bag farmed oysters. Rack & bag cultured oysters are grown in mesh cages or bags which are generally staked about one to two feet off the bottom. Oysters raised by the rack & bag method are protected from predators and do not become cramped for space as they grow. They also do not have to filter as much sand & mud in order to get nutrients, thus they grow faster. They develop a deeper cup than beach cultured oysters. However, if the oyster is raised entirely this way then they are pampered and their shells tend to be brittle which makes them difficult to shuck without breaking.

 

Hawk’s Point Oyster
LocationWillapa Bay, WA
SpeciesPacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster AvailabilitySeptember – July
Sizeup to 4″
Oyster CultivationRack & Bag cultivated
Oyster Flavor ProfileHawks Point Oysters have a mild brininess with a light floral accent and a citrus finish.

 
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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