Quahog Bay Harpswell, Maine
Belons, also known as European Flats, were brought over from Europe in the 1950s, and since then, has grown wildly in the waters of Maine. Our Belons are harvested by divers even during the winters. Contrary to popular belief, Belon Oysters are not that uncommon. We, ourselves, band and sell over 10,000 Belons a week! Most people either love them or hate them, but a true oyster connoisseur will learn to appreciate them.
Season: September to April
Size: 3" - 4.5"
Appearance: Flat, Round, Rippled Green Shells
Flavor: Strong brine with intense copper finish
Our Belons grow wild in 10-20 feet of water. Fishermen dive the bottom in scuba gear and bring them to shore where they are cleaned and sorted. Divers work from September through June and harvest to order for us! Time to Market: 3-4 years
Casco Bay is an inlet of the Gulf of Maine. A network of hundreds of islands on the southern coast of Maine, the area is also known as the Calendar Islands, because a new island could be visited every day of the year.
Salinity: 3.0% < 3.5% full oceanic salinity
Tides: Large cold tides introduce abundance of food
Bottom Makeup: Pebbles