Raspberry Point Oysters gets a great mention along with a few words from our very own James Power in this article in the Chronicle Herald of Halifax, NS.
Here's an excerpt:
During an oyster-tasting contest the Island oyster was declared the tastiest in all the world, and thus began the legend of the Malpeque oyster.
Read the full article here http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1474506-p.e.i.-oysters-live-up-to-reputation-popularity
“The judges asked the people who brought them, ‘What’s the name of your oysters?’ They didn’t have a name but the product came from Malpeque Bay, so that’s what they went with and that’s why they’re called (that) today,” explains James Power, manager at Raspberry Point Oysters in Charlottetown and Cavendish.
“(The name) has become synonymous with every oyster that comes from P.E.I., for various reasons, but one of them is that there was a big die-off of oysters in the early 1900s and the ones that actually survived were in Malpeque Bay. They used that (oyster) to reseed the rest of the Island,” Power says.
Since they fought off disease and repopulated Island-wide, the numbers have never gone down. “Right from the very first year we had our first crop of oysters we sold 1,800 — and I believe that was ‘96. Last year we sold 11 million.”