Malpeque Oyster Flavor Profile Characteristics

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Malpeque Oysters are an Atlantic oyster from one of the Prince Edward Island oyster appellations in Canada. They are cultivated in the pristine glacial depths of Malpeque Bay. Malpeque oysters have a little more robust flavor profile than the typically light-bodied flavor of other Maritime Province oysters, but not so powerful a flavor as to scare new oyster eaters away. They are easy to eat with tender meats and a nice balance between ocean brininess and sweetness.


Malpeque Oyster
Location Malpeque Bay, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Species Virginica Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)
Oyster Availability May – November
Size up to 3″
Oyster Cultivation Bottom cultured
Oyster Flavor Profile Malpeque Oysters have a teardrop shaped shell with very tender meats. They are light-bodied with a crisp lettuce-like flavor, high brininess, and a clean, sweet finish.

See proper shellfish storage methods for the best way to maintain the shelf life and flavor of your oysters. Also, check-out our list of Where to buy Raw Oysters.


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