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Canada boasts some of the world's most pristine coastlines, including along British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces. It's from these cold, clean, nutrient-rich waters that our nation's renowned oysters are harvested from wild populations and carefully tended farms. Depending on their origins, oysters go by various names, such as Pacific oysters from British Columbia or the celebrated Atlantic oysters from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Quebec.

Oysters have an irregularly shaped shell protecting a tender mollusk inside. The taste? It's like a kiss from the ocean—a blend of salty, briny, and sweet, with subtle variations in flavour depending on their region of origin; the term for these differences is meroir. Some describe it as tasting the essence of the sea itself. They're often enjoyed raw right on the half-shell, garnished with just a splash of lemon or with a dab of hot sauce, though they're versatile enough to be cooked in various recipes. You might even find one waiting in a Bloody Caesar, a coming together of two quintessential Canadian taste experiences.

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Health Benefits of Oysters

  • Robust Immunity & Skin Health: Oysters are an excellent source of zinc, which contributes to the normal function of the immune system and maintains skin health.
  • Bone & Muscular Health: As a source of magnesium and phosphorous, oysters contribute to the maintenance of normal connective tissue and bones.
  • Energy Metabolism & Growth: As an excellent source of Vitamin B12 and a source of niacin, oysters may support red blood cell formation, energy metabolism, and normal growth.

Other Species

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Albacore Tuna

From the chilly Pacific waters of British Columbia, this versatile and nutritious species is as delicious in a tuna salad as it is served hot off the grill.

  • A source of omega-3s

  • Helps maintain bones and teeth

  • Excellent source of Vitamin B12

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Pacific Hake

Found anywhere from the surface to the ocean floor 300 m below, this mild, slightly sweet fish can be used in almost any fish recipe.

  • Source of potassium

  • Low in sodium

  • Excellent source of antioxidants

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This delectable shellfish is an aquaculture success story — and a delicious addition to your family menu whether steamed, boiled, roasted, or grilled.

  • Helps build red blood cells

  • May aid bone and tooth development

  • Contributes to maintaining healthy skin

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