Prince Edward Island Local Foods

Farm Fresh Food, Island Potatoes, and Excellent Lobster

Maritime Light
Photo ©Tan Yilmaz / Getty Images

The bright blue seas around PEI are the source of much of its local eating appeal as fish and shellfish are caught and grown in those waters. The red clay soil is rich and means produce stands run to overflowing once those long summer days hit.

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    Prince Edward Island Seasonal Produce

    Baby Spinach Leaves. Photo © Molly Watson

    PEI still has lots and lots of farms for such a teeny tiny province. Farmers markets and farm stands aren't too difficult to find, so know what to expect when with this Guide to PEI Seasonal Produce.

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    PEI Potatoes

    Yukon Gold Potatoes. Photo © Molly Watson

    The soil on PEI grows world-famous (well, at least Canadian-famous) potatoes. The are remarkably creamy and worth seeking out. They also make excellent fries and gratins, as well as perfect mashed potatoes, all of which are wonderful with the plethora of seafood available in the province.

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    PEI Lobster

    Lobster
    Lobster. Photo © Richard Boll, used with permission from Getty Images

    Fresh, sweet, tender lobster is a great delight to locals and visitors alike. See How to Buy a Lobster, How to Cook a Lobster, and How to Eat a Lobster.

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    PEI Oysters

    Beausoleil Oysters
    Maritime Oysters. Photo © Molly Watson

    Many oysters, including the famed Malpeques, are cultivated in the clean waters around Prince Edward Island. Check out this great map of PEI oysters for more info, and learn more About Oysters here.

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    PEI Mussels

    Mussels. Photo © Molly Watson

    The waters of PEI are also home to others bivalves, including the widely distributed rope-grown (no grit!) mussels raised by more than 130 mussels growers on this island province. Prince Edward Island was the first province to grow cultured mussels, and PEI now specialized in particularly plump specimens that are noticeably larger than their wild counterparts. See How to Cook Mussels if you get your hands on some.