CATCH INFO: Shellfish Cultivated in Bayboro, NC
Grower: Chris Matteo
Cultivation Method: Bottom Cages
>> VIDEO: Raw Oyster Shucking Techniques
Cultivated oysters, or farmed oysters, are one of the brilliant aquaculture success stories. We currently buy Chadwick Creek Oysters, grown by our friends Chris and Kelly Matteo near Bayboro, NC, just east of New Bern.
This article from Nation’s Restaurant News describes the benefits of cultivated oysters succinctly, “Oysters naturally improve the environment around them by efficiently filtering out excess nutrients in the water, contributing to better water quality where they grow. Cultivating oysters in trays or plastic net bags raised above the ocean floor provides greater access to free-flowing nutrients, allows them to filter more water, and enables them to grow faster and have different traits than bottom-grown oysters…’You get a cleaner oyster — tumbled, washed. You don’t get the gunk, the mud…Meats are plumper, shells are stronger and don’t break. It’s just a better product.”
The flavor of these oysters is fantastic, with a low/medium salinity that works well raw on the half shell as well as steamed or featured in a number of preparations. They are a chef favorite in part because they taste delicious, but also because they are a consistent size, have a pretty shell that presents beautifully too. They also have all that healthy iron, zinc, and B12 that their wild counterparts have. Stop being curious and start cracking these beautiful babies open! And in case you need some tips, watch this great video, How to Shuck an Oyster with David Chang.
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CUSTOMER REVIEW: “Just wanted to let y’all know that we loved the Chadwick Creek oysters! They were delicious out of the shell, pretty low salinity so we added a tiny bit of salt, but mild enough that my mother-in-law and I actually liked them raw. I decided to try grilling them with a garlic butter creole sauce and they were AMAZING. We will definitely be getting the Chadwick oysters again.”
Locally cultivated and sustainable
- 140 miles East of Raleigh, NC
- Aquaculture raised in pristine coastal wilderness
- Consistent quality, flavor, shape, cleanliness and supply
- Family-owned business
Harvested on-demand for the highest possible freshness
- Can be delivered from “sea” to table within one day
Cultivation methods positively impact the environment
- Cleans the water by filter-feeding
- Provides an artificial reef for small fish and other aquatic life
- Helps rebuild drastically depleted wild oyster populations
Delicious AND good for your health!
- High in minerals (like Zinc) and Omega-3 fatty acids (good for your heart!)
- Low in fat and cholesterol
- Contain compounds with potential cancer fighting qualities
- Great for the libido!