The Potomac River offers some of the best oyster breeding grounds around. The specific oyster grounds used by Potomac River Oyster Company have the ideal salt water concentration to give that perfect slightly salty, but never overwhelming, taste. Ideal for those concerned about sodium intake. Our oysters are native Crassotrea Virginica. Branded Potomac Whitecaps, raised in house from spat to adult.
Eating oysters taken from the Potomac River dates back to the times of the native American and early English settlers, who enjoyed eating oysters roasted, stewed, raw and pickled. In fact, small wars known as the Oyster Wars were started as arguments cropped up over ownership of these tasty morsels.
You can get the freshest oysters right here! With the oyster beds just minutes from our docks every customer will receive cold packaged, freshly harvested, live in the shell oysters. Restaurant and large order inquiries please call our office at 804-529-7709 or cell 804-310-6120.
See our collection of delicious recipes. Oysters are a great ingredient for tasty dishes, and can be combined with shrimp, turkey, bacon, spinach and more, in addition to the classic oyster recipes. If you want to cook southern, or just cook great, you can’t go wrong with our free recipes.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- We offer oysters year around.
- Our oysters are native Crassotrea Virginica. Branded Potomac Whitecaps, these oysters are raised in house from spat to adult.
- Through attentive farming practices the shell develops a deeper cup allowing the oyster inside to grow larger.
- Our Potomac Whitecaps are fed by the merging waters of the Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay and Coan River. Due to an average salinity of 13-18ppt the oysters have a slightly salty taste with a buttery finish.
- With the oyster beds just minutes from our docks every customer will receive cold packaged, freshly harvested, live in the shell oysters.
- When received your live oysters need to be immediately refrigerated, placed in a shallow container (not air tight) covered with a moist towel.
- Discard any open oysters that fail to close with a gentle tap.