East Coast Oysters

East Coast Oysters

While the Pacific oyster has taken over much of the world, America’s native oyster, the Eastern Oyster, still represents nearly two-thirds of our domestic harvest. Because they flourish in a wide variety of conditions (from Long Island Sound to the Gulf of Mexico), oysters vary in taste and are often identified by the region in which they were harvested. Varieties of oyster include the popular Blue Point, Chincoteagues, Apalachicolas, Cape Cods and several others. Most oysters are about 3 to 4 inches in length.

Common Name
Atlantic or Eastern oyster, cove oyster, American oyster

Scientific Name
Crassostrea virginica

Seasonal Availability

Primary Product Forms
Fresh: Live and in the shell
Frozen: Whole in the shell, shucked with oyster liquor

Product Profile









The most popular preparation, is shucked and served raw on the half-shell. For cooked preparations, make sure to cook them slowly and remove from heat as soon as the mantle starts to curl. One of the most common dishes is Oysters Rockefeller; broil in shells and top with bacon, butter, scallions, spinach and breadcrumbs.

Nutrition Facts
1 servings per container
Serving size 6 oysters

Amount per serving
Calories 49
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.3g 2%
Saturated Fat .4g 2%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 21mg 8%
Sodium 150mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 4.6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Includes g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 4.4g

Calcium 3mg 1%
Iron 27mg 150%
Not a significant source of vitamin D, or potassium.

The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Most East Coast oysters are farm-raised along the Atlantic coast stretching from Canada down into the Gulf of Mexico. There are some wild varieties available and are hand harvested.

Rated Best Choice (green) by Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch.

The Eastern oyster can grow up to 10 inches in length and can live to approximately 20 years of age.

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