Chesapeake Bay is a world-class oyster-making machine. With tons of fresh rivers pouring into it, a constricted mouth, and shallow waters, it’s one of the largest bodies of ideal oyster habitat on earth. Those oysters are not very salty, thanks to the low salinity, but they can be beautifully balanced. After centuries of overharvesting left the wild population depleted, it has bounced back in the past few years. Aquaculture has also exploded in Maryland and Virginia, and we are seeing more and more large, perfectly shaped oysters coming out of the Chesapeake.