August 5th National Oyster Day

What’s for dinner tonight, well for many nights since man came upon earth it has been oysters. I am not exactly sure who looked at an oyster and said, oh, yummy, but obviously someone did. Since then, they have become one of the leading aphrodisiacs of all time. Casanova is reported to have had 50 every morning for breakfast, that may explain a lot.

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There are over 100 varieties of oysters that are generally named after the body of water they come from. The largest bed of oysters found in the US is in Chesapeake Bay and hence are called Chesapeake Bay Oysters. They may be sweet, like those from the West Coast or a little more salty as those from the East Coast. Most contain a hint of seaweed, mineral, melon and mushroom to the taste. I am not sure where the melon and mushroom taste comes from but that is what is reported. Anyway, over 2 billion pounds of oysters are eaten every year. But don’t swallow them whole, that is a myth, you will need to chew them up. Oysters can be eaten raw, on the half shell, smoked, baked, fried, boiled, broiled, roasted, canned, stewed, pickled, or steamed.

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Oysters also provide us with pearls. Only 1 out of 10,000 actually produce pearls, perhaps the reason why pearls are so expensive. So don’t expect to find one in your next meal.

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Perhaps the most enjoyed meal of oysters comes in Oysters Rockefeller.  Follow the blue letters to get a recipe.

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However you like your oysters know that it is scientifically proven that they do act as an aphrodisiac. They are rich in a certain amino acid that triggers hormones.

How to celebrate – I suppose if you can stand to look at them, enjoy a plateful of oysters in whatever way you prefer. Go diving and collect your own oysters, if it is legal in your area. Remember to chew your oysters.

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