There has been a fair amount of confusion regarding the Gigamoto (Crassotrea gigas) oyster. Contrary to popular belief, the Gigamoto is NOT a hybrid between a Pacific (C. gigas) and a Kumamoto (C. sikamea) oyster. The Gigamotos are often erroneously marketed as a hybrid species by some (less than ethically sound) shellfish purveyors in an effort to create a niche market for the product. Our Gigamotos are a terrific alternative to the often unavailable and cost-prohibitive Kumamoto.
Nuts and bolts, the Gigamotos DO possess many of the physical characteristics so commonly associated with the Kumamoto. They are both small (1.5-2 inches), heavily fluted, and have an exceptional cup depth-to-diameter ratio. Another similarity between these two varieties is that they both require (a relatively long) 4-5 years to reach this diminutive harvest size. This size makes the Gigamoto an obvious choice for the novice, while the complex mineral/melon flavor composition will delight the seasoned oyster veteran as well. Shells of the Gigamoto are typically both hard and dense, making them a pleasure to shuck. Amateur aspiring culinarians and professionals alike should experience little to no chipping and or splintering during the shucking process.
Gigamotos are available on a (more or less) year-round basis. As with all oysters (with the exception of triploid oysters, which have been genetically altered to create a “sex-less”, sterile oyster), the Gigamotos spawn in the summer months when the waters warm. However, with proper storage, handling, and product rotation, this short season should be nothing more than a small hurdle.
Essentially, the Gigamotos have the same sort of exotic appeal as the Belon (Ostrea edulis). The qualitatively distinct physical composition of these oysters have made them very popular with those looking to offer a product which will help to set themselves apart from their perceived competition.
Our Gigamoto oysters are available six days a week (with a pre-order), and are packed out in 100 or 120 count units.
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