Eastern oysters which are named for their origin-including Bluepoints, Chincoteagues and Lynnhavens-provide most of the oysters in the United States.
ECO-TIP: Because oysters are filter feeders, their level of contamination will depend on the waters where they were cultivated. Oysters are considered an “Eco Best” by Oceans Alive.
CULINARY CAUTION: Consuming raw or undercooked oysters can cause serious illness including infection with vibrio bacteria or hepatitis virus.
Selecting and Storing Oysters
Choose only oysters with tightly closed shells or those that snap shut when tapped. Smaller oysters are younger and more tender. Live oysters can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Shucked oysters will keep refrigerated in their liquid for 2 days.