Nootka Sound Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Nootka Sound Oysters are among the most remotely cultured oysters in North America. They are raised on the western side of Vancouver Island about two-thirds of the way up the coastline in an area which is rumored to have little more than a single logging road for access. The region is a series of fjords and known for its coastal rain forests, abundant wildlife, and sparseness of humankind.

The information I have says that they are a Beach Cultured oyster and the photo here supports that. But The Oyster Guide says that the oysters he received appeared to be Tray Suspended and if so then they would look like the oysters posted on Oysterater (although they say the oysters are Beach Grown, the appearance is clearly Tray Suspended). I suspect that they were originally beach cultured and in more recent years are being tray cultivated.


Nootka Sound Oyster
LocationNW Vancouver Island, British Columbia
SpeciesPacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster AvailabilitySeptember – July
Sizeup to 3″
Oyster CultivationIntertidal Beach farmed
Oyster Flavor ProfileNoodka Sound Oysters have white meats with dark black mantles. They have a very complex flavor with high brininess, a taste of nori, and a hint of anise on the finish.
MapSee Nootka Sound Oysters 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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