What You Need to Know About Eating Fresh Oysters in a Seafood Restaurant
Before you read any further, there’s one important thing you need to know about eating oysters. You actually need to eat them. That means chewing, not just throwing your head back and slurping it down.
Oysters have been a delicacy for many years, but many people still think of them as just slimy pieces of raw fish that you need to get past your taste buds as quickly as possible. It’s time to change that way of thinking. Read on to find everything you need to know about eating fresh oysters in a seafood restaurant.
Yes, There is an Oyster Season!
You may have heard the rule about oysters before, don’t eat them in any month which doesn’t have a “R” in it. While it may sound strange, it’s true. The oyster season ends in April and starts again come September. This is because during the summer months, they are left alone to reproduce.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat oysters during months without an “R” because they are still safe to eat, but most oyster experts, like Rowan Jacobson, will tell you not to. Oysters harvested in the cold winter months are the tastiest you can get. Captain Jim’s only sources oysters from the waters of New England and Canada where the occurrence of bacteria is avoided due to the extremely cold temperature of the water.
Oysters Are Good for You
There have always been rumours that oysters are a natural aphrodisiac. While this isn’t entirely accurate, oysters do have many surprising health benefits. They are packed full of zinc which make you feel good and boost your energy levels. Yes, the zinc does boost your sex drive, but it also improves your immune system, helps reduce acne, lessens skin rashes and strengthens your bones.
What to Look for in an Oyster Restaurant
In a good seafood restaurant, you should look for well iced piles of oysters and there should be a designated shucker who knows exactly what he’s doing.
Once your oysters have been shucked, you should also look for oysters with whole bellies. Sometimes, when oysters are shucked, the belly is cut and the contents mix with the liquor, this changes the way the oyster feels when you eat it and can make a difference in the flavor. A good oyster should be opaque and whole, not translucent or cut in any way. They should also have a small amount of liquor in the shell.
When you are eating oysters, you should chew a couple of times to release the different flavors. It has a very different texture to other meat and seafood but it is definitely one to be enjoyed. Remember, don’t just throw them back and follow them with a big gulp of beer.
Oysters are a delicacy, and one to be enjoyed. Make sure that you choose to eat them at a seafood restaurant who know how to store, handle and serve their oysters properly.
All You Need to Know About Oysters, TheGuardian.com
10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Oysters, FoodRepublic.com