Pearlers

Interesting facts about oysters, recipes & more.

All you didn’t know about oysters.

We hope that our pearlers might serve up some interesting facts about oysters and their nutritional benefits, help to dispel myths, and inspire culinary creativity.

Carpetbag steak

Carpetbag steak

For over-the-top taste from low-effort cooking, nothing can beat carpetbag steak. Prime-cut steak stuffed with fresh oysters makes a truly special meal to impress family, old friends or even special new friends. The name carpetbag steak comes from the handbag that was...

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Eating more oysters could help prevent climate change

Eating more oysters could help prevent climate change

Oysters: unsung climate heroes At Mahurangi Oysters we think it is way beyond time that people shone a light on the silent champions of climate change, toiling away in our oceans, harbours and estuaries. The oyster is a funny-looking creature resembling little more...

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Oysters make the world a better place

Oysters make the world a better place

It's true, they do! Oyster farming isn't just good for our taste buds, it's good for the environment and your health. It's the trifecta of farming and feasting: a win-win all around.There’s more to oyster farming than just great food These amazing bivalves are...

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Fresh oyster hors d’oeuvres with a Japanese twist

Fresh oyster hors d’oeuvres with a Japanese twist

This recipe comes from Bite section of the Herald. Warren Elwin had spent the day out on the beautiful Mahurangi harbour aboard the Shuckleferry and enjoying Mahurangi oysters. He put together this delicious starter using Mahurangi oysters. It is quite special yet...

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The Mahurangi Regatta

The Mahurangi Regatta

Every Anniversary Weekend, nearly, for 47 years, our gorgeous harbour transforms into a floating village with a very lively atmosphere. The Mahurangi Regatta blends history, community spirit, and maritime skills against the backdrop of the gorgeous Mahurangi Harbour....

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Mahurangi oysters, sherry jelly and pancetta crumbs

Mahurangi oysters, sherry jelly and pancetta crumbs

This is a recipe by Ginny Grant, a well-known New Zealand food writer that was published in Cuisine magazine in 2020. Ginny sees cooking oysters as somewhat akin to a crime: “I can’t bear to cook oysters, so they are most often served raw, but I do on occasion like a...

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Meet the NZ oyster: a marine marvel

Meet the NZ oyster: a marine marvel

Oysters 101 The first thing to understand about the NZ oyster is that the more of them you eat, the better it is for the environment. We often associate oysters with romance and indulgence, but they are much more than just a culinary delight. Oyster farming is good...

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Mahurangi Oysters Rockefeller

Mahurangi Oysters Rockefeller

Rooted in the vibrant history of New Orleans, this classic recipe pays homage to the legacy of the Rockefeller family. Legend has it that Oysters Rockefeller was created at the turn of the 20th century at the renowned Antoine's Restaurant. Named after John D....

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Oysters on Christmas day – perfect!

Oysters on Christmas day – perfect!

This Christmas, we're spreading joy with free delivery on all oyster orders over $50.00. But here's the catch – you need to place your order before the 3rd of December. Simply order your oysters and then add the code XMASTREAT at checkout. Trust us; you wouldn't want...

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Oysters: 12 ways for Christmas

Oysters: 12 ways for Christmas

Rather than a pukeko in a ponga tree, how about some lovely Mahurangi oysters? The original twelve days of Christmas had nothing to do with chocolate advent calendars at all. They were actually a series of religious feast days celebrated as part of the Roman Catholic...

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Oyster toppings

Oyster toppings

Before you get to enjoy these great toppings for oysters, you’ll need to get those succulent shellfish open. We appreciate that when you’re preparing oysters for a big crew, shucking them can be time-consuming. So, we’ve got some ideas for oyster shucking using a...

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The art of opening oysters: no shucking required

The art of opening oysters: no shucking required

Oysters at home are such a treat and a wonderful delicacy to share with others. But they can be tricky little suckers to open. Shucking an oyster takes a bit of skill, a bit of time, gloves and a good oyster knife. However, if you’re not feeling confident, you have...

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Oysters Kilpatrick

Oysters Kilpatrick

Not content with claiming pavlovas, lamingtons and ANZAC biscuits as their own, google “Oysters Kilpatrick” and some websites will tell you that they too were an Australian invention. They will even go so far as to refer to them as “this traditional Australian recipe...

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Storing oysters

Storing oysters

Our oysters are hand-sorted and come to you live Pacific to plate. We harvest, hand-select, wash and sort your oysters before finally, gently placing them safely in Mother Nature's own brilliant packaging in the box that the courier will deliver overnight to your...

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Mahurangi Oysters at Beervana 2023

Mahurangi Oysters at Beervana 2023

Mahurangi Oysters at Beervana 2023 Mahurangi Oysters will once again be part of this fantastic event on the 18th and 19th of August, 2023. The venue, Wellington's Sky Stadium, will be buzzing with outrageous brewery displays, live music, street performers, and an...

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They’re poaching our oysters!

They’re poaching our oysters!

Don’t panic! They aren’t wading out there and nicking them. When we say our oysters are being poached, what we’re talking about is international chefs whipping up gourmet oyster delights and using a cooking method that brings out the delicate flavours of these...

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Oysters at Matariki

Oysters at Matariki

Matariki - a time to appreciate the wonderful kaimoana we have in Aotearoa New Zealand The rise of the star cluster Matariki signals the start of the Māori New Year. The cluster is named after its mother whetu, or star, Matariki that rises in midwinter and encourages...

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Mahurangi Oyster Fritters

Mahurangi Oyster Fritters

Call me biased but I think few things can rival the sublime flavours and delicate texture of fresh oysters. And while many oyster enthusiasts are familiar with classic ways to devour them - slurping them raw or savouring them with a squeeze of lemon - an...

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Why oysters are perfect for winter feasting

Why oysters are perfect for winter feasting

Mahurangi Oyster Stew As the colder months settle in, we need heart-warming dishes that provide comfort and joy. Oysters, the epitome of luxury, are perfect for winter feasting. Plus, they’re a nutritional powerhouse, rich in essential vitamins and minerals that can...

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Oysters can do wonders for your health

Oysters can do wonders for your health

Oysters are a delightful bite of pure ocean flavour The French poet Léon-Paul Fargue says eating oysters was “like kissing the sea on the lips.” For James Beard, the American culinary expert, they were simply “one of the supreme delights that nature has bestowed on...

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The magic that unfolds when gin and oysters unite

The magic that unfolds when gin and oysters unite

Oysters with gin: a culinary symphony that strikes a perfect balance. If you've never tried this combination before, get ready for a treat. These ingredients have a natural affinity for each other. They are a wonderful blend of brine, earth, and citrus. This...

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Where can you buy fresh oysters?

Where can you buy fresh oysters?

It's that time of year again; the time when oyster lovers rejoice.The Mahurangi oyster season is officially open! Indulge in some of the best-tasting oysters straight from the pristine Mahurangi harbour. When it comes to freshness, nothing beats a freshly shucked,...

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Herb and Butter Baked Oysters

Herb and Butter Baked Oysters

Oysters baked in herbs and butter Simple, crunchy, creamy and just shucking good. These zingy, baked oysters are perfect for summertime drinks or as an appetizer. Ingredients 4 cups rock salt or uncooked rice (for lining the pan) 2 dozen fresh oysters 225 grams butter...

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Oysters spark curiosity and whether you’re an oyster gobbler or not, there’s a good chance you’ve got a question or two. If we haven’t answered them here…

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