“I WASN’T EXPECTING SUCH AN EXPERIENCE; IT’S LIKE BEING SLAPPED IN THE FACE BY THE SEA….”
Crassostrea Gigas (Pacific oyster) is hand raised in the remote and unpopulated waters of Orongo Bay in Northland’s beautiful Bay of Islands. Orongo Bay is located over a natural fault line and the farm sits on top of an underwater thermal spring.
Wild spat is collected on sticks and bundles then spaced out on inter-tidal racks. Hatchery spat is placed into mesh trays or bags. The oysters are washed twice a day by incoming and outgoing oceanic tides.
A jewel of an oyster, with naturally ruffled edges, the endearingly petite shells are distinctly elongated with an off-white shell colour with bands of yellow or purple. They are characterised by high meat to shell ratios. With creamy plump meat and outstanding visual appeal, this oyster offers a balanced sweet oceanic brine, distinct and complex, to be enjoyed by beginners and pros alike.
TASTE THE DIFFERENCE
Careful site selection with plenty of nutrients combined with the health and cleanliness of the cool waters give our oysters an outstanding flavour, with gentle hints of brine, while creamy and sweet with suggestions of watermelon rind.
OUR SUSTAINABLE APPROACH HAS MINIMAL IMPACT ON THE ECO SYSTEM
In the tradition of Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) we are focused on conserving our lands and waters, nurturing this truly magnificent gift so that future generations can enjoy and prosper.
Our New Zealand Oyster Environmental Code of Practice directs best industry practices throughout the growing and harvesting cycle to minimise potential effects on the environment.
To mitigate impacts, the New Zealand government has a number of environmental regulatory controls in place.