East Cape Oysters from PEI, Canada
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Farmer: Phil Enserink
Location: Souris, East Cape, Prince Edward Island, CAN
How They’re Grown: Phil purchases seed and collects wild seed that he puts into floating upwellers before placing them into his cage system. He tumbles the oysters twice a year, creating firm shells with deep cups. These Canadian gems take 3-4 years to get to market size. Phil is one of two growers in the Souris River of Prince Edward Island.
How They Taste: They are so unique that they taste like they are from a different country! Wait a minute... think caramelized onions, nori, and spring garlic. The meats are super plump and have a clam-like chew. The brackish waters from the Souris River gives his oysters a distinctively different profile than many other PEI oysters.
Why They’re Unique: These oysters are the Jake DeBrusk of our Island Creek Oyster roster (go B’s!). They are a new, young Canadian farm exclusive to us!
Story: Phil started this oyster farm in 2016 as an irresistible side hustle. Growing up on PEI, he fell in love with ocean and boating and couldn’t let the opportunity to grow oysters pass him by. His main source of business is exporting onions and potatoes he grows on PEI. Amongst us ICO oyster people, we call these the ‘Potato Truck’ oyster for obvious reasons.
Ice cutting photos by Jeremy Vessey