Super Oysters Selling for A$100 Each

by Ellen Hardy
9 June 2008, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - Huge oysters growing off the west coast of Australia are set to become a top delicacy across the worlds restaurants after selling for A$100 each.

Coffin Bay King Oysters, produced at the Coffin Bay Oyster Farm, have up to 10 times extra meat than normal-sized oysters and are set to become the latest delicacy to come from Australian waters, reports the Adelaide Now.

SA-caught abalone and southern bluefin tuna are widely consumed in Asia.

The king oysters, which sold for $100 each at a recent auction in McLaren Vale, are being compared by their owner with the wine industry's flagship Penfold's Grange, says Adelaide Now.

Normal-sized SA oysters sell in Australian restaurants for around $20 a dozen.

Farm owner Lester Marshall said the king oysters grew in the water for around six years whereas most oysters were sold after 18 months.

"They really do have a wow factor, the flavour is incredible and who knows what people will pay for them in the long run," he said.

View the Adelaide Now story by clicking here.

Ellen Hardy