Maine Belon Oysters

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25 Oysters $75.00
50 Oysters $145.00

Wild Maine Belon Oysters can only be harvested from mid-September until mid-June. They are at their best tasting during this period because of the colder water temperatures. With this small time period to harvest, it is estimated that no more than 5,000 of these coveted oysters reach the market. The Maine Belons are truly one of the rarest oysters available anywhere.

The Belons are known more accurately as “The European Flat Oyster” (only true “Belons” come from the Belon River estuary in Brittany, France) these large oysters were transplanted to Maine decades ago. Now found both wild and in limited aquaculture, the “Belon” is hand-harvested in subtidal coves and inlets where our Maine Rivers meet the sea. Unlike their cousins, Crassostrea virginica (Eastern Oyster), these oysters are round in shape, with very flat shells and a little pronounced cup, much larger than the common Eastern oyster. Their resemblance to a small saucer has earned them the nickname “Plates”. The creamy to light brown meat of these oysters is plump and substantial, with a big, pronounced flavor and metallic, “coppery” finish – distinct but far less briny than their Eastern Oyster cousins, with a “sweet to flinty” overtone. They are coveted when serviced on the half shell, but their full flavor also serves well when cooked for stews or soups (cooked, their meat will turn an ivory color). While some consider the European Oyster the finest eating in the world, others find it an acquired and unique taste because it is so dissimilar in flavor to the smaller Eastern and Pacific oyster species.

Their resemblance to a small saucer has earned them the nickname “Plates”. The creamy to light brown meat of these oysters is plump and substantial, with a big, pronounced flavor and metallic, “coppery” finish – distinct but far less briny than their Eastern Oyster cousins, with a “sweet to flinty” overtone. They are coveted when serviced on the half shell, but their full flavor also serves well when cooked for stews or soups (cooked, their meat will turn an ivory color). These oysters are considered the finest eating in the world!

Seasonal Availability. Available as 25 or 50 Oysters. Ships Live. Maine, US.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/CARE: Product is live. Discard oysters that have broken or still remain open after pressing on their shell. Store in refrigeration upon receipt, covered in damp towels or paper, preferably so they lie flat. DO NOT store in fresh water or ice. Do not store in airtight plastic containers or bags. Best when prepared the day of arrival, oysters will live up to 5 days in refrigeration.