Grand Isle Polished ® Oysters - Grand Isle, Louisiana
Oyster "polishing" is a technique is used by Louisiana
Oyster Farms to produce a cleaner more salty oyster. It involves
harvesting oysters from approved reefs and moving them to the farm.
The oysters are floated at the surface which allows them to rid
themselves of sand and grit, ever-present impurities as they grow in
the reef. The ultraviolet rays of the sun also help this
Oysters live in the marshy sediment in the bays and bayous of South
Louisiana. Some locations have better water flow than others. The
better the water flow the better the oyster. As you can imagine the
water flow is good at Louisiana Oyster Farms. The good water flow and
absence of sand and grit can only produce a better oyster.
My first experience with Grand Isle Polished Oysters was only a few
weeks ago. I purchased them at a local seafood store in Lafayette and
they were very delicious and clean. A 10lb. sack was $10.00. The
store is Chez Francois and the number is 337-234-8001. I think they
only have these during the oyster season (Nov. through Jan.). So if
you live here in Lafayette or the surrounding area you can get to them
easily. If you're passing through give them a call and pick some up.
Just keep them in an ice chest with a little ice and they'll last
three or four days.