Product name: ShanDaph
Scientific name: Crassostrea Virginica
Supplier(s): Philip Docker
Location: Big Island, Nova Scotia
ShanDaph Oysters was established in May of 1999, but its roots reach back over thirty years. Owner/Operator Philip Docker’s grandparents helped to re-establish the growing and the harvesting of oysters on the pristine shores of Big Island, Nova Scotia. Over the decades, the native oyster seeds they set in the 1960s and 1970s have matured into productive oyster beds. ShanDaphs are housed in grow-out units suspended in a water column, where they feed on the nutrient-rich waters of the ShanDaph farm. By completing the growth process suspended in the rich tidal waters of Big Island, ShanDaph ensures optimum growth conditions from the time they are set at less than a millimeter in size, to harvest at over 76 millimeters in size. The total process takes 3-5 years.
By 1999 the first oysters were set and ShanDaph Oysters was born. Since then, the enterprise has grown steadily without compromise to the premium quality of its product, and ShanDaph Oysters have been served in fine dining establishments, presented by organizations hosting special events, and ordered by individual connoisseurs.
And what about that name? ShanDaph Oysters is Philip’s tribute to his family and their love and respect of the water and its “oysters”. ShanDaph is a combination of Philip’s grandparents’ names. ‘Shan’ is derived from the WWII pilot flight name of Everett (Shan) Baudoux, and ‘Daph’ from Daphne Baudoux.
ShanDaphs yield a well-balanced, meaty oyster.
Health benefits + nutrition facts:
The impressive health benefits of oysters come from their vast stockpiles of minerals, vitamins, and organic compounds. In fact, certain minerals are in their highest content in oysters, particularly, zinc. The other components include very high levels of protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, copper, manganese, and selenium. They also contain high levels of niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin C, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Finally, they are a huge source of beneficial cholesterol, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and water. These elements make them an extremely healthy food that can boost your body’s overall function and health.
Transparent Kitchen has a video about the harvesters of ShanDaph oysters. Check it out HERE!
Safety issues and handling:
Our oysters are all sourced from registered facilities, ensuring the highest level of food safety. Once harvested, oysters have a shelf-life of 4-6 weeks, if stored correctly. At home, you should store your oysters in the fridge covered with a damp cloth or paper towel.
Risk status: N/A
Where is Big Island?:
Ways to prepare recipes/recommendations:
- Au naturale or with a dash of lemon juice!
- Oyster Rockefeller