Cortes Island

Source: Chef’s Resource

Cortes Island Oysters are a Pacific Northwest oyster from the pristine waters of the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia. They are the most northern cultivated oyster from the north-central coast region.

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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. Their meats are full and firm and their oyster flavor profile tends to be full-flavored. Beach grown oysters 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.

Type: Crassostrea gigas
Harvest Location: Deep Bay, Northern Strait of Georgia, British Columbia
Flavor Profile: Cortes Island Oysters are deep-cupped with delicate meats, mild brininess and a sweet flavor.
Size: up to 3″
Pack Size: 60 count

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