Oysterphiles, Rejoice! Hanover Co-op Oysters and Why They’re Awesome

Impeccable taste, quality, and sourcing. What’s not to love?

The best oysters I’ve ever eaten from a grocery store came from the Hanover Co-op Seafood Department recently, and I don’t say that lightly. I will come back for more on my next splurge, and hopefully will keep the oysters away from my kids. They woofed down three each before I could elbow them out of the way!

Why I Recommend Hanover Co-op Oysters

 I love oysters but rarely purchase them at supermarkets because they don’t carry the depth of variety and quality that I’m looking for. (Food snob!)

I usually hold out for good restaurants that source carefully and with a deeper selection, or I special order a bushel at wholesale and have some friends over to share.

The Hanover Co-op oysters were fresh, plump, and absolutely delicious. They carry a nice variety of different types. I went for Wellfleets.

Shallow, calm Wellfleet Harbor in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has grown famed oysters for centuries. Wellfleet oysters are similar to Malpeque oysters with a light body, but are even saltier. Flavor profile: mild sweetness, high brine, crisp and clean finish.

The shell was nice and thick so they were easy to shuck, and the meat was bright in color and plump with no odor. All signs of impeccable quality and sourcing.

Often with oysters, the smaller ones yield very little meat, and usually out of a half dozen of those you will find one that is a bit darker, and usually stronger smelling, which you discard. But there was 100 percent yield on these beauties! Nice to see the variety in the case.

I salute the Hanover Co-op Seafood Department as an oysterphile! If you’re an oysterphile, too, visit the Hanover Co-op Seafood Department and enjoy your oysters with the recipe below:

Enjoy this classic, bracingly acidic, and simple sauce for oysters on the half shell.
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  1. 1/2 minced shallot
  2. 3 Tbs. red wine or champagne vinegar
  3. Fresh black pepper
  1. Simple. Stir ingredients together and enjoy!
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Ken Davis

Ken Davis is the Co-op's senior copywriter. Email him at kdavis@coopfoodstore.com.