British Columbia

Malaspina

A sweet, if mild, oyster with a distinct watermelon-rind aroma. Malaspinas tend to have creamy-white flesh and simple, narrow, khaki shells, toughened by intertidal life on the beaches of Malaspina Strait, 150 miles north of Vancouver in an area known as the Sunshine Coast because it gets so little rain (at least, compared with the mist factory of most of coastal BC). The road network is virtually nonexistent in these parts, and few people are around except for the oyster growers. Malaspinas come out of some clean, clean water, and travel a long, long way to get to your plate.

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