Oysters are one of the world’s most triumphant delicacies. Enjoy them for any reason, especially because…
…they filled the emptiness of our beloved Hem.
“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” —Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
…of their historical significance.
Archaeologist’s discoveries show that oysters were eaten on the Swedish west coast during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. They were beloved by Vikings, a favorite of Medieval kings and queens, and of Napoleon. Oyster cultivation was a favorite pastime of the Romans who sent thousands of slaves to the English Channel to harvest them. They then realized that oyster beds were far closer to home – at the mouth of the Adriatic Sea and coasts in the Mediterranean.
…of their undeniable sex appeal.
Oysters are one of the world’s most famous aphrodisiacs and have long been linked with love. The myth of the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, has her springing forth from the sea perched on the open edge of an oyster shell. She then gave birth to Eros who would become the god of love. Casanova – one of history’s greatest memoirists and famed 18th century lover, was fabled to have eaten 50 oysters every day for breakfast. American and Italian scientists proved in 2005 that oysters trigger increased levels of sex hormones. But, if oysters really had the ability to accelerate sex appeal, they would have been extinct a long time ago, don’t you think? Anyway, they are still delicious.
…of their healthy virtues and nutritional value.
Raw oysters are one of the best examples of completely balanced nutrition that is found in one place – 23 percent carbohydrates, 33 percent fat and 44 percent protein. Oysters are like a multi-vitamin from the sea – rich with Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, iodine, selenium, vitamin D, iron, magnesium and phosphorus.
Zinc heals wounds and increase sperm production in men. Selenium strengthens the immune system and fights free radicals, slowing the aging process. Vitamin D helps with bone strength, boosts the body’s ability to absorb minerals, and acts as a messenger bringing calcium and phosphorus into the intestine. It also prevents the flu and depression. Phosphorus metabolizes fat and processes carbohydrates into energy.
…they might bring you luck.
- Oysters with a mild ocean-like odor and a clear or slightly milky or gray liquid surrounding them when freshly shucked.
- Oysters that were never frozen – but fry to your heart’s content.
- Oysters harvested during the ‘R’ months. Oysters that are harvested during months that have an ‘r’ in them (September, October, etc.; not May or June,) are generally considered safe from red tide. Simply, (an oversimplification actually,) “red tide” occurs when warmer weather reduces water levels and increases bacteria levels affecting shellfish beds.
- Oysters served in coastal cities. The less that they have to travel to find your table, the more likely they are to be freshly harvested.
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