Belon Wild Oysters from Harpswell, ME


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Quantity: 50 Count

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A dedicated group of Maine fisherman

Size: ~3" - 3.5"

Taste-wise, Belons are guaranteed to provide a memorable experience, whether you love ‘em or hate ‘em. Potent salt upfront is followed by a coppery, metallic finish, almost like someone slapped an Abe Lincoln on your tongue. Rowan Jacobsen, author of The Essential Oyster says, “Belons ​​are the ‘Sean Penn’ of oysters: memorable and intense, but perhaps too much for every day.”

About Belon Oysters

Harvest location: The bays and coves of Harpswell, Maine

How they’re grown: Belons require some extra attention because they’re much more delicate than other oysters. They grow wild and are hand-dragged by local fishermen, and each one needs to be banded shut by hand, like a lobster claw, to keep the shells closed and liquor from leaking out.

Why they’re unique: 
Belons (Ostrea Edulis) are a different species than our homegrown Island Creek variants (Crassostrea virginica) and are the only non-Virginica oyster grown on the Eastern Seaboard.

Originally known as European Flats, Belons (named after the river in France that grows them), were introduced to the Harpswell region during a University of Maine experiment in the 1950s. The farming experiment was ultimately abandoned because the scientists saw no immediate results, but a few decades later the Belons had reproduced and were thriving in the wild in places like the Damariscotta River and Casco Bay. The native Belons that exist in Maine today have genetically evolved to survive in frigid waters and grow wherever they please but usually prefer shallow, rocky bays.

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Oyster FAQ

How long do my oysters keep?

Your oysters keep in the refrigerator for 5-7 days!  You can order a day or two early to make sure you have them in time for your gathering.  They are totally fine hangin’ out in the cool air.  

How do I store these bad boys?

When you receive your package, pull them out of the box (these guys need a little fresh air!). Grab a mixing bowl and throw the mesh bag in the bowl so that the oysters don’t leak all over your refrigerator. Grab a damp cloth and throw the cloth over the bowl.  You are good to go for the next 5-7 days. Doesn’t hurt to dampen the cloth each day to keep them moist and chilled.

Should I keep them on ice?

Only put the oysters on ice before service.  The oysters will actually die in the melted fresh water so do not store the oysters on ice.  They will not like this.

How are they shipped?

We ship using FedEx Overnight service. You will receive tracking info after the label has been printed the day before your oysters are set to arrive.  We do not require a signature – Fedex will leave your package at your doorstep.

Is your packaging recyclable?

Short answer: YES!

Our ClimaCell thermal liners are made of 90% FSC certified virgin kraft paper and corn starch, which allows you to recycle the insulated liner at home along with the cardboard box.⁠

Not only are the liners water repellant, they’re just as insulating as traditional styrofoam AND they can be recycled up to 5 times. Saving the planet has never been easier.⁠

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