Totten Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Totten Inlet 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. Beach cultured oysters are raised on tidal beaches with sandy or rocky bottoms. They are accustomed to fighting the tides, clamping tightly shut during low tides to preserve their “liquor” and to protect themselves against predators. Because of this “tough” life, beach raised oysters are hearty. They have hard, sturdy shells which shuckers like to work with. And their ability to close tightly, coupled with their hard shells, gives them a longer shelf life.

Totten Oysters are raised in the same area as the Totten Virginica Oysters but they are two different species and have different flavor profiles.


Totten Oyster
LocationTotten Inlet, South Puget Sound, WA
SpeciesPacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas)
Oyster AvailabilitySeptember – June
Sizeup to 3″
Oyster CultivationBeach grown
Oyster Flavor ProfileTotten Inlet Oysters have plump creamy meats, a medium briniess and a complex, full flavored seaweed taste.
MapSee Totten 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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