The one thing that oysters have going for them in February is Valentine's Day. And in the spirit of this romantic holiday, we're excited to introduce a new oyster -- Paradise Oysters from Deep Bay, British Columbia!
The oyster's pretty name should be a hit this month, but the oyster itself is impressive too. This West Coast oyster has a deep cup, beautiful ridge shells, and a nice, sweet subtle flavor. These are definitely on the larger size for a West Coast oyster, coming in around 2.75 to 3 inches, though the deep cups make them seem larger.
I will say that I was slightly disappointed with shuckability. A few of the oysters I shucked had brittle shells and didn't have the same easy pop as shucking an East Coast oyster. This could be attributed to it being a Gigas or the grower's growout methods, but overall, I would rate it a 3.5 out of 5 on the shuckability scale.
Although I docked a few points for shuckability, the Paradise were great on flavor! Classic melon finish and cucumbery crisp like a British Columbia oyster. These oysters would go perfectly with a glass of bubbly. It had more subtle flavor notes than other West Coast varieties, but I really enjoyed that because it didn't overpower my palate with sweetness. It had a pleasant finish, so I didn't feel like I needed to cleanse my palate after at all!
We can't be more thrilled to be introducing this oyster during such an appropriate time! After eating these oysters, you'll be in paradise.
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