Loch Beag Natives (Eisear Oir)

Overview

Loch Beag Natives (Eisear Oir – Gold Oyster) are our Native oyster (European Flat oyster – Ostrea edulis).

The Native oyster is the indigenous oyster of Europe, although it is arguably now an endangered species. Ostrea edulis has an oval or pear-shaped shell with a rough, scaly surface. The two halves (valves) of the shell are different shapes. The bottom shell valve is concave and the top shell is flat and sitting inside the left. The shell is off-white, yellowish or cream in colour with light brown or bluish concentric bands on the right valve.

Due to its unique taste, the Native oyster is commonly known as the oyster connoisseur’s oyster of choice.

We only grow oysters produced from disease free Scottish brood stock and these oysters do well on the farm but they are a difficult creature to cultivate and take almost twice as long to meet commercial size as the Rock oyster. As these are a native species they are only available outside of the breeding season – that is they are only eaten when there is a r in the month. Available September to April.

Grades

GradeSize
Bistro40 – 60g
Medium60g – 80g
Large80g – 100g

Taste Profile

Light brown coloured meat, initial taste is of sweet salty brine followed by a very pronounced metallic “coppery” finish.

Availability

Loch Beag Natives are for sale online exclusively with The Native Oyster & Shellfish Company Ltd. If you have any other questions please contact us.