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Malpeque Oyster

Malpeque Bay, PEI
Malpeque Oysters made PEI famous for its oysters. At a Paris exhibition in 1900, Malpeques were judged as the world's tastiest oyster, bringing the region into the limelight. Since then, Malpeques have become a household oyster variety like Blue Points. They can be found at most raw bars or on the happy hour menu. Though they are wild, Malpeque Oysters are clean in look and flavor, reflective of PEI's pristine waters. Harvesters still go out in dories and hand harvest them with tongs just like the good ol' days.

Oysterology

Product Specifications
  • Specie:
    Crassostrea virginica
  • Origin:
    Malpeque Bay, PEI
    (CAN)
  • Wild: 3 to 4 years
  • Average Size:
    3.25 inches
  • Available:
    April through February
Flavor Profile
Moderate brine with a meaty bite and a quick, clean finish.
Suggested Pairing:
Lager
Brine Intensity
Growout method
These wild oysters are harvested by traditional tonging, then moved to a private lease to purge before reaching market.
Site Details
  • Tides:
    Conway Narrows; medium tides from Malpeque Bay.
  • Bottom:
    Hard-packed red clay and rocks.
the Grower

We've got over a hundred years of experience between all the boys here. My father was a fisherman all his life, and he always loved oysters, lobsters, and the sea since he was young. And we kind of got that trait from our father. We all love working together with each other, my brothers and I. There are three owners of the business, me and my two other brothers. Our business has been around for over 10 years.

It’s a family owned business. My two sons work here, my younger brother’s two sons work here, and we all work as brothers and family together. We enjoy working. We enjoy each other’s company. And hopefully we enjoy it as much as everybody enjoys Five Star oysters because they're top of the line, and some of the best tasting oysters in the world.

Troy Jeffery
Five Star Shellfish