Hollie Wood oysters are grown in Baynes Sound, on the west side of Denman Island. Baynes Sound, considered to be the oyster capitol of British Columbia, is fed by the Strait of Georgia from both the north and south. The oysters start out as hatchery produced seed in trays suspended from the surface. After a year and a half in the trays, they get transferred directly onto the beach for another year to mature into animals with well-developed shells and an exceptional meat to shell ratio. This pristine growing area is the combination of nutrient rich water, a strong tidal flush and ample protection from Denman Island. The oysters will initially be fairly salty, but will release a gentle sweetness through the middle of the palate and finish with a trace of watermelon rind or cucumber.