Seasonal Best Oysters for April 2020
Updated: Apr 9
From Briny to Sweet (Top to Bottom)
1. France St Vaast (Pink Banded)
2. Ireland Donegal (Yellow Banded) / Ireland Galeway (Blue Banded) / New Zealand Coromandel (Green Banded)
3. Tarbouriech Oysters (Clear Banded)
4. Canada Sunshine Coast (Purple Banded)
*List is non-exhaustive and may be subjected to changes anytime
Oyster tasting is similar to wine tasting. You’re trying to absorb and appreciate the nuances in flavor and texture imparted by climatic conditions.
The culmination of these effects is what oyster aficionados call “meroir.”
#1 SEE: Feast with your eyes! Study the shell, shape, color.
#2 SMELL: It should smell sea-breezy and sweet, not fishy at all.
#3 SIP: Sip the oyster liquor to get a sense of the salinity.
#4 SLURP: Shimmy the oyster meat loose, tilt the flat edge of the shell to your lips and slurp! Don’t discard the oyster liquor (faux pas).
#5 SAVOR: Chew a few times to get the full body taste; notice the progression from nose (salty) to body (sweet/flavors) to finish (lingering aroma).
#6 SHELL: Flip the shell over and admire the collaboration between nature & farmer.d.