Product name: Malagash Littleneck Clams (Bay Enterprises Ltd.)
Scientific name: Mercenaria mercenaria
Supplier(s): The Purdy Family
Location: Malagash, Nova Scotia
Web contact: Bayenterprisesltd-facebook
The Purdy family has been growing oysters since 1867, but Charles Purdy along with his wife Nancy and daughter Rachel, founded Bay Enterprises Limited in 1974. Since then they have been successfully operating on more than 80 hectares of oyster and quahog beds in Malagash, Nova Scotia. They operate a shellfish hatchery, nursery system, and in-bay oyster spat collection of native oysters and quahogs using traditional and modern techniques. The Purdy family believes in the sustainable production of oysters and quahogs that protect the ecology of the area and provide a safe, nutritious and of course delicious product.
Their Malagash clams have a tender, sweet meat with a mildly briny finish. They make an excellent addition to a raw bar or steam up and bake nicely.
Health benefits + nutrition facts:
Clams are high are high in many vitamins and minerals including selenium, manganese, vitamin C, B12, copper, phosphorus, and riboflavin. Clams are a great source of protein, while still being low in fat, essential for building and repairing muscles and tissue. A single protein serving (3 ounces) of fresh clams provides 2/3 of the amount of iron you need in a day, not the mention, the vitamin C in the clams helps you better absorb the iron. High levels of B12 are also present in clams. B12 is another vitamin that is needed for making DNA and maintaining nerve function.
The Purdy family has been featured as notable Dalhousie Alumni! For more information check out HERE.
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