Henderson Pearl Oyster

Crassostrea gigas

The Henderson Pearl oyster is a bag tumbled pacific oyster grown by the Nisqually Tribe in Henderson Inlet of the South Puget Sound in Washington State. The tumbling process takes place while the oysters are in the water using the tidal current to jostle suspended bags to create oysters with a smooth, hard shell and a very round shape. Henderson oysters normally have a deep cup, and tumbling actions accentuates that desired shell formation. Henderson Inlet is a shallow bay that is very productive with an abundance of food available for oysters to grow and fatten. They tend to be mildly salty, with an earthy sweetness and cucumber finish common in the pacific oyster.