Plum Island Oysters
Ipswitch, Massachusetts


Oysterology 

Production: Farmed
Availability: Limited - November through March
Size: 3.75 inches
Appearance: Large, sturdy, greenish shells  
Flavor: Extremely plump - buttery and sweet with a hint of salt. A rare oyster from the cold waters of the North Shore of Massachusetts.


SITE DETAILS

  • Salinity: 2.6% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
  • Tides: Freshwater input of rivers and streams - much colder waters than Cape Cod
  • Bottom Makeup: Clean sand and rocks with seaweed

Growout Method

Wild oyster beds in up to 8 ft. of water at low tide. Fishermen hand-pick or bull-rake these oysters at low tide. Time to market: 3 to 4 years.