British Columbia

Ship’s Point

Brownish, barnacle-encrusted three-inch Pacifics, as gritty and no-nonsense as you’d expect from beach life. Grown in Baynes Sound, these are Fanny Bay doppelgangers. The flavor is moderately salty with a bitter cucumber finish. The oyster is marketed as having a smaller stomach, thus less green algae in the gut and a milder flavor. But I haven’t seen any hatchery marketing small-bellied oysters, or heard of anyone doing gastic bypass operations on shellfish, so I remain skeptical.

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