It’s a labour of love as the Kelly Gigas Oyster grows its way to perfection. Gigas seed sourced from hatcheries is grown with great care and attention within Galway Bay, to produce a well-shaped, plump oyster. All oysters are sorted by size and grouped this way in their growing bags. As the oysters grow and mature, they are hand-turned by the farmer to make sure any brittle, unattractive edges are removed and the oyster grows according to the classic tear-drop shape, with a deep, meat-filled shell. At just the right time, the oysters are moved to larger bags and thinned out, to prevent over-crowding.
As the oysters sit above the seabed, they enjoy the ideal environment – while the tide coming in twice daily brings in the goodness and nutritious food supply of the Atlantic Ocean’s phytoplankton. The Gigas Oysters are finished in the rich estuarine water of our own oyster bed, where they fatten and develop their own unique flavour. Only when each oyster displays its perfect, required quality characteristic, do we harvest the crop.