Scientific name: Tiostrea chilensis
Length: 6–8cm, reaching 10cm
Scientific name: Crassostrea gigas
Length: 10–12cm, reaching 18cm
Pacific Oysters are found largely around the north of the North Island and are the main
aquaculture-farmed oyster species.
Inside, the shell is luminous, and the creamy coloured meat is delicate and succulent, with medium oil content. If you want to build up to raw oysters a squeeze of lemon balances the taste nicely and they can also be smoked, fried, steamed added to soup or baked in a half shell.