Oyster Blog — Oysters

July 2, 2009: Raw Oyster Season = Unofficially Over

News from Here Oysters

It's been a dry, hot spring and summer in Western Washington, and we here at Hama Hama are declaring the raw oyster season over until fall. The reason? When the water gets warm, a naturally-occuring saltwater bacteria called Vibrio parahaemolyticus proliferates. If vibrio gets into an oyster, and if you eat that oyster raw, you'll probably experience what is politely called "gastrointestinal distress." (Check out our earlier post about vibrio here.) Nobody has gotten sick from Hood Canal oysters this year, so there is no official closure, but WE are no longer eating raw oysters. We've also stopped selling extra...

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May 23, 2009: State of the Oyster

Oyster World Oysters

The Nature Conservancy has just released the first ever report on the state of the world's oyster populations. The prognosis is bad: 85% of the global oyster habitat has been destroyed by development, pollution, and destructive fishing practices. Read the report here. Short on time or attention span? Read a newspaper account of the report  here. Update: Check out The Economist's take on the report.

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May 22, 2009: A tale of two oysters, and a wannabe-oyster

Oysters Tideflat Critters

Trifecta! A Pacific oyster, a blood oyster (see earlier post), and a kumamoto. Like the Pacific, the kumamoto oyster (Crassostrea sikamea) originally hails from Japan. Some people think the kumo is a variety of Pacific (Crassostrea gigas) that evolved in isolated bays and estuaries. Kumos can't reproduce in Puget Sound or Hood Canal because the water is too cold, so the only way to grow them in these climes  is to buy seed from an oyster hatchery. In the late 60s, when oyster aquaculture was in its infancy, scientists tried to create an oyster that would grow as fast as...

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Mar 20, 2009: ugliest pearl contest

Oysters

The sad thing is that these both came out of the same oyster. IMHO: The pearl on the left is the most terrible, because it looks like a dental horror story.

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Mar 11, 2009: Steamed Pearls

Oysters

We found this pearl yesterday while parboiling some medium shucked oysters.

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