Oysters Are Tastier
During Months That Contain "R"
Long ago, people were advised never to eat
oysters during months of the year that didn't contain the letter
"r". For one reason, the lack of proper refrigeration methods didn't
keep oysters well in the warmer
weather months- May through August.
Also, the meat of the oyster tends to
become thicker when the water temperatures cool down in the fall of
the year. But, oysters can be, and are, enjoyed twelve months of the
Another interesting fact about oysters is
that nearly two billion pounds of these mollusks are eaten every
year, and Americans eat their fair share. From 1990 to 1995, for
example, Americans ate about fifty
million pounds of these popular mollusks.
Is It a Male or
Just like warm-blooded animals, oysters
are either male or female. But, oysters have gonads that generate
eggs, as well as sperm. So, oysters have the ability to change their
sexes, which they do, at least
once. (The gonads, by the way, are
considered to be the tastiest part of the oyster.)
Oysters Are Healthy
Oysters contain a whole raft of Vitamins,
including C, D, B1, B1, B2 and B3. In terms of valuable minerals, if
you eat just four medium-size oysters every day, you'll get the
recommended daily allowances of
calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium,
manganese, phosphorus and zinc. Isn't that an interesting fact?
How to Tell If An
Oyster is Alive
Whether you dig them up, buy them at a
local seafood store or order them through the mail, there's one sure
way to tell if an oyster is alive. If its shell is open, you tap on
it with your fingers, and it snap
shut, then it's alive.
Oysters contain both gills and mantle in
order for them to breathe. As the water passes through them, the
oxygen is removed and the carbon monoxide is discarded. Oysters also
have stomachs, intestines,
and they have hearts that pump a clear
blood, along with the oxygen, through their bodies. And, their
kidneys clean impurities from their blood.
Very Few Pearls Naturally
Another interesting fact about oysters-
According to www.ask.yahoo.com, "only one out of 10,000 animals will
produce a pearl in the wild." Most of the pearls that are created by
these mollusks begin with
human intervention. Pieces of shells or
beads are inserted inside an oyster. And the natural process goes
from there. The oyster covers the foreign substance with layers of
calcium and protein. In time, a
pearl is produced.
Oysters Are What
This kind of mollusk feeds on plankton,
animal waste, decayed plants- most any small particles they suck in.
Oysters can filter up to five liters of water each hour. What's most
interesting about this is, that
the color of an oysters' meat depends on
what they eat. Usually, the meat is light beige, light gray or off
Oyster connoisseurs take great pleasure in
figuring out what regions the oysters they are eating came from,
just by their taste.
Oysters Can Be
Eaten in a Variety of Ways
Some people prefer to eat oysters in their
raw state. Because they can contain harmful bacteria, people who
have low immunity systems, cancer or chronic liver disease shouldn't
eat raw oysters.
But, these mollusks can be eaten other
ways. Oysters can be roasted, steamed, fried, scalloped, stewed,
baked, stuffed, boiled, marinated, poached and sautéed.
Can Oysters Enhance
Your Love Life?
The ancient Romans prized oysters for
being aphrodisiacs. The 18th-century lover Casanova, in particular,
is said to have eaten fifty oysters for breakfast every morning to
make him virile.
An interesting fact about oysters is they
do contain a lot of zinc. This mineral- or rather, a deficiency of
it- has been linked to male impotency. However, there isn't any
scientific data to uphold Casanova's