Our Native Oyster (European Flat oyster – Ostrea edulis).
Please note we do not sell Natives between May and August as the are breeding. They shall return in September. Please sign up to our newsletter and we shall keep you posted in regards to availability. In the meantime we still have our beautiful Rock oysters and their big brothers available for sale.
Our Native European Flat Oyster (Gaelic: Eisear Oir - Gold Oyster) grown on our farm in An Loch Beag (Little Loch Broom), Wester Ross, Scotland.
The Native oyster is the indigenous oyster of Europe, although it is arguably now an endangered species. Famous the world over due to its unique taste, Ostrea edulis, is commonly known as the oyster connoisseur’s oyster of choice.
An ancient, wild and undomesticated breed that almost resists any attempt at cultivation. Temperamental and taking much longer to grow, these are a hard won prize, but all the more alluring for being so.
Our Natives hold the classical and beautiful pear-shaped shell. They range in colour from a rich cream white to pale brown, often with light brown, deep red or blue concentric bands. Our older stock often takes on a lovely green tint that reflects the algae rich waters in which they grow.
As these are a native species they are only available outside of the breeding season – that is they are only eaten when there is a r in the month, so they are available from September to April only.
Light brown coloured meat, initial taste is of sweet salty brine followed by a very pronounced metallic “coppery” finish.
Our aim is to provide our customers with the highest quality oysters. Oysters that not only deliver that essence of the ocean but also look great.
To do that, we need time to prepare them. All of our oysters are individually selected from the farm and then hand cleaned. Following this, and subject to availability, we aim to ship orders on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of every week. Under normal circumstances delivery shall be the following day.
That is the reason we operate this delivery model, and you can find further information in our FAQ.
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