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Oyster Facts That Will Impress

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As one of the only foods that humans eat alive, oysters may not be for every palate. Still, humans slurp tons of them down with Champagne (naturally) year after year. And whether or not you flee the table when someone orders a plate, we think everyone can agree that oysters are really fascinating. In recognition of National Oyster Day, which falls on August 5, here's some oyster food for thought.

We've been eating oysters for a very long time.

According to midden (ancient piles of shells) found in Dobbs Ferry, New York, we've been eating oysters since at least 6950 B.C., which also represents the oldest evidence of humans ever found in the Hudson Valley.

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New York City was oyster paradise.

The cold, brackish waters of New York Harbor were so full of oyster habitats that as many as one million New Yorkers ate oysters every year in the 1920s.

It is said that Pearl Street -- Manhattan's oldest street -- is named so because it was covered with crushed oyster shells when walked on by the Dutch in the 1700s. 

As tends to happen, overharvesting destroyed many of New York's reefs of wild oysters. According to the New York Times, "Atlantic oyster culture fell to just one percent of its historical capacity by 1970."

The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal, New York City.

The Oyster Bar in Grand Central Terminal, New York City.

Oysters live a long time.

Most oysters can live up to 20 years in captivity

And change their gender.

Some oysters, such as Eastern, change their genders based on environmental, nutritional, and physiological stresses, and sometimes annually. They start out and mature as males, but will change to female later and sometimes reverse again. Some studies show that oysters will go back to being male when near females. 

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Slurping is the wrong way to do it.

Of all the ways to eat oysters, it turns out slurping is the wrong way to do it. Bon Appetit polled several oyster chefs who say that real oyster enjoyment happens when you treat it like wine: smell it first, pour it into your mouth with its "liquor," or juice, and chew two-to-three times. 

They are (maybe) an aphrodisiac.

This is a debated oyster fact, but due to their high zinc content, many people like to thinkoysters will rev up your libido. And sometimes, the idea is all we need. The truth is, a zinc-deficient diet can not only lead to impotence, it can cause hair loss and acne.

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Shells are great for gardening.

After your night of oyster-binging, save the shells and crush them up for your garden. The shells help neutralize the acidity in the soil, as well as help with drainage and an even release of calcium through the growing season, according to Gardenista.

Oysters take in a lot of water.

Because oysters are filter feeders, eating phytoplankton that passes through their gills, and cleaning the water in the process -- each oyster filters about 30 to 50 gallons of water every day.  

Because of this, beware the bad oyster.

If the oyster you're about to swallow is infected with vibrio vulnificus, a bacterial microorganism found in seawater, you could be in for a long night of vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. It isn't common -- about  900 cases were reported between 1998 and 2006 in the Gulf Coast region, according to Newsweek -- nor is it too serious. Doctors usually treat it with antibiotics

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They have colorless blood and kidneys.

Oysters have three-chambered hearts that pump colorless blood (or hemolyph) throughout their bodies, -- and because they filter their food and reject foreign objects, those which are Ostreid  don't produce pearls  (pearl-producing oysters are Pterioida, a different kind altogether). 

Beer Battered Oysters

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  • 225grms self raising flour

  • 1 egg, lightly whisked

  • 375mls beer

  • 1x 500ml tub of Oysters

  • Vegetable oil, to deep fry

  • Lemon wedges, to serve

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill

Method

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre.

  2. Pour in the beer, stirring constantly to make a smooth batter, about the consistency of thick pouring cream.

  3. Dry the oysters by placing each oyster in a heavy duty paper towel and rolling it around.

  4. Toss the oysters in the fresh dill and then sprinkle each with a light coating of flour.

  5. Heat sufficient oil in a deep fryer to 180°C. Dip the dill-coated oysters in the batter and pop straight into the deep fryer. Cook for about 2 minutes, until the oysters rise to the top, and are lightly golden. Drain on absorbent paper.

  6. Serve with Spicy Lemon Cream.

Spicy Lemon Cream

In a bowl mix together the grated rind of one lemon with 1 cup sour cream or creme fraiche and a good seasoning of tabasco sauce. If the sauce is too thick, thin with a little milk.

Angels on Horseback

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  • 9 Big Fat Oysters cut in to quarters, shucked
  • 8-16 slices of thin-cut bacon
  • 36 wooden toothpicks
  • 3-4 limes or lemons

METHOD

  1. Working in batches if necessary, cook the bacon slices on medium low heat in a large frying pan, until only about halfway cooked, but not crispy. You need to pre-cook the bacon a bit or else when you cook them with the oysters the oysters will be overcooked by the time the bacon is crispy. Set the bacon aside to cool.

  2. Get a grill or broiler good and hot while you wrap the oysters.

  3. To make an angel on horseback, you wrap 1/2 a piece of bacon around the small oyster and secure it with the toothpick. Overlap the edges of the bacon by about an inch if you can.

  4. Grill or broil over high heat to cook the oyster and crisp the bacon, about 5-6 minutes on the first side, another 2-4 once you turn them over. You will need to turn them once or twice to get a good crispiness on all sides.

  5. As soon as they come off the heat, squirt with the lemon or lime juice and serve hot.

Paleo Oyster Chowder

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Oyster Chowder
  • 1x 500ml tub of Big Fat Oysters cut in to pieces

  • 250 grams of your preferred fish cubed – we used hoki in this dish

  • 200 grams of pre cooked prawns cubed

  • 1/2 onion diced

  • 1x garlic diced

  • 1/2 carrot diced

  • 7x mushrooms sliced

  • 1x 270ml can of coconut cream

  • 1x 400ml can of coconut milk

  • 2x drops of Kyle’s super hot chilli sauce

  • Salt and pepper to your taste

  • Spices including – mixed herbs, cumin, coriander flakes, mixed spice, ginger

  • Olive oil

Method

  1. Lightly fry onions and garlic in a frying pan using a small amount of olive oil

  2. Add diced carrot and continue to fry for 2 minutes – add olive oil as you need it

  3. Add sliced mushroom and continue to fry for 2 to 3 minutes

  4. Add oyster pieces, cubed fish and prawns – mix in until half cooked

  5. Add coconut cream and spices and mix in

  6. Add coconut milk, salt and pepper and simmer for 10-15 minutes

  7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and serve

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This recipe serves 3 to 4 people. For those of you that are training you may want to allow the dish to fully cool and pack in to portion sized containers – you can chill or freeze your portions to eat at a later date.

This meal goes great with a glass of shiraz.

Health Benefits Of The Oyster

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Health Benefits of Oysters:

Most people either love them or hate them. There’s little in between when it comes to a taste for oysters. While the pearl oyster is renowned for producing beautiful natural and cultured pearls, other oysters are notable for their distinctive taste and texture when boiled, steamed, fried, or enjoyed on the half shell. Some people avoid eating oysters because of their high cholesterol content. Despite this, these sea creatures do have a lot of positive nutritional properties.

What are the health benefits of oysters?

  1. Oysters are low in fat and calories
    Despite the perception that oysters are high in cholesterol, they actually contain only around 50 mg. of cholesterol per serving which is well within the recommendation of less than 300 mg. per day. Plus, six medium oysters has only one gram of saturated fat and 57 calories. With this type of profile, oysters can be enjoyed in moderation by almost everyone.
     
  2. Oysters are high in protein
    Oysters are a decent source of low fat protein with six medium oysters containing about six grams of protein. The protein found in oysters is high in quality and is usually easier to digest than land based forms of protein such as chicken and beef.
     
  3. Oysters may really be an aphrodisiac
    Oysters have often been called aphrodisiacs, but there’s been little scientific evidence to back up these claims – until now. A study presented to the American Chemical Society revealed that oysters contain two amino acids that raise levels of the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen. Higher levels of testosterone generally have a positive effect on sexual response, although it’s less clear-cut whether higher estrogen levels are important for libido. Nevertheless, there may now be some scientific basis for calling oysters aphrodisiacs.
     
  4. Oysters are high in zinc
    Oysters are the richest source of zinc of any food around. Zinc plays an important role in wound healing and in maintaining a healthy immune system. It also may help to prevent night blindness. Zinc deficiencies are common in alcoholics and people with kidney disease. They’re also a good source of other minerals including calcium, magnesium, and iron.
  5. Oysters are a good source of vitamins
    Oysters are a good source of vitamins including vitamins A, B, C, and D. Seafood is one of the few natural dietary sources of vitamin D, a vitamin that’s showing new promise for disease prevention.

3 Facts About Oysters

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We should all appreciate oysters.

Whether you love them raw, fried, or on the half shell, oysters can provide you with a host of health benefits, among them, high levels of heart- and brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids and enough zinc (the aphrodisiac mineral) to keep your mojo flowing all night.

  1.  Oysters are good for your garden.
    Oyster shells are high in calcium, which benefits your garden soil. Calcium not only balances the soil’s pH, it’s also a vital nutrient that strengthens cell walls, leading to stronger, healthier plants. You can buy ground oyster shell lime from garden stores, or you can just crush the shells left over from your next oyster bake and add them to your compost pile.
     
  2. Saving oysters could save your house—or at least your dinner.
    One of the many environmental benefits of wild oyster reefs is increased protection against soil erosion. Reefs stabilize ocean shorelines, making them less susceptible to damage by hurricanes and strong storms. Being filter feeders, wild oysters also remove bacteria, sediments, and even oil spills from waterways, making oyster reefs cleaner habitats for shrimp, clams, snails, and crabs, and the improved water quality encourages sea grass growth, which creates better habitats for fish.
  3. Farmed oysters are a better choice than wild.
    Unlike some fish-farming operations, which can allow non-native species to escape into surrounding ecosystems and spread disease, oyster farms can actually improve the quality of oceans and bays. That’s because the oysters in offshore farms will feed on particulate matter and nutrients that might otherwise pollute waterways. So favour farmed oysters when shopping; you’ll also avoid depleting wild populations at risk from by those invasive crabs and snails.

The Aphrodisiac Power of a Big Fat Oyster

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The oyster just may be the most evocative culinary symbol of passion. And in addition to the powerful persuasion of its mere being, oysters have some scientifically proven potency.

Some believe the connection between oysters and romance lies in a chance that slurping the slippery bivalves from their shells might reveal a pearl. However, edible oysters are not of the pearl-producing variety.

They are, however, a luxurious and healthy treat. The oyster’s slightly salty/sweet scent, a smell not dissimilar to a potent female pheromone, has proven to be sexually stirring. Although the serving of nutrients in a single oyster is negligible, eaten by the dozen, oysters are loaded with zinc, a key nutrient for testosterone production, (important for stimulating libido in both men and women). A lean source of protein, oysters have been credited with keeping men virile well into old age (Casanova supposedly consumed 50 oysters each day to keep his libido in top form).

In 2007, an aim to up oysters’ libido-boosting power led one mad, Australian oyster farmer to slip crushed Viagra into his oyster beds. The resulting oysters were rejected by Australian health officials although there was some Asian interest in the drugged-up molluscs. However, the makers of Viagra slapped a lawsuit on the creative fisherman for misuse of a trademarked name, ending the farmer’s plans to market his chemically altered seafood around the world.

Testimonial – Craig Smith & Amelia Bracanov

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Hi Gareth, my friend finally got a review for your oysters…suffice to say, he loved them. Anyway he had no idea how to upload his testimony onto your website, so have copy and pasted it (with his permission) below:

Loved your oysters, a friend of mine bought 2 x 500g pottles for me as a gift I live in the South Island, so when they arrived from up north they were still very fresh and delicious.I will venture to say they are “equal to if not better” than a particular famous South Island version (heck of a lot cheaper too!!!)…thanks guys!

- Craig Smith

Testimonial – Devonshire Mogford

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We received our order in perfect condition and before time.

The website said you only dispatched Tuesday-Friday and we received ours yesterday so someone there gave us special treatment – thank you for that!

given their size, more can be done with these robust oysters and we would loved to have experimented with some recipes, but straight-in is always the best!

p.s the juice was great too (no water-down here)!