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Meet the Blue Pool!
  • Meet the Blue Pool!

    January 17, 2011

    We are very happy to announce that we’ve finally started selling our new brand of oyster, the Blue Pool. 

    The name Blue Pool is inspired by a cold, quiet place on the Hamma Hamma River that our family has enjoyed for generations. While most Hama Hama oysters grow directly on the beach, Blue Pools are grown in bags that rise and fall with each tidal cycle (read more about our tumble farm here). This action rolls the oysters around, breaking off their new growth and pruning them into the perfect half-shell shape, with a flat top shell and a pronounced deep cup.  The cupped bottom shell pools the oyster liquor over a small, nugget shaped oyster body.

    Blue Pools are either grown from seed on the Hama Hama estuary or nursed in Puget Sound and then finished in our tumble farm, which is located far from the mouth of the river, on deep tideland that has been fallow for some time. In this location, the oysters are close enough to the river delta to retain the clean, crisp taste of a Hama Hama, but far enough from the fresh water to raise the salinity in the liquor and help balance the sweet finish. Perfectly shaped with a velvety brininess, crunchy texture and smooth vegetable finish, Blue Pools offer the definitive raw oyster experience. (Read our earlier post about oyster conformation).

    They’re currently on the menu at the Walrus & Carpenter in Seattle, and Urban Farmer in Portland, and the Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston, where they’re already making waves. You can also buy them online or in our retail store. Let us know what you think!

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    { 7 comments… read them below or add one }

    Julie from In A Half Shell January 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Mmm! I’d love to try some of these. Will you be distributing to any restaurants in NYC anytime soon?


    Oyster Fan January 18, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Yes! We’re doing a press tasting /consumer dinner at the grand central oyster bar later this month (January 26th) and should have some Blue Pools in New York shortly thereafter.


    Patrick January 27, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I had a chance to try the blue pools at Island Creek Oyster Bar last week. Delicious! thanks.


    Oyster Fan January 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Thank you Patrick! We really appreciate the feedback.


    TheOysterBlog March 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Had them this past weekend. Delicious!!


    Robert May 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    can we find these anywhere in Eastern Washington?


    Robert May 17, 2011 at 11:21 am

    These oysters are awesome. I will have them available at Bistro du Midi in Boston MA. tomorrow May 18th 2011.


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