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
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 you look for PEI seasonal produce.
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The soil on PEI grows world-famous (well, at least Canadian-famous) potatoes. They 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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Many oysters, including the famed Malpeques, are cultivated in the clean waters around Prince Edward Island.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The waters of PEI are also home to other 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.