Cheers to that person who decided to crack open what looked like a rock and slurp it down. More than likely, they slurped it down with a little blood from a cut on their hand…because oysters are SHARP! LOL! Because of whoever it was that did it first, we enjoy oysters galore! And as usual…at one of my favorite events of the year…we slurped down a lot of oysters for the New Year! It’s our annual tradition…fresh North Carolina Oysters and a backyard full of friends. And we had perfect weather this year, too!
Whether you like your oysters raw or cooked, they are definitely a delicious delicacy! And though some types of oysters are harvested for the pearl produced within the mantle, we consider it lucky to find a tiny crab in our oyster. That crab gets slurped up, too…raw…or cooked!
Useless Oyster Trivia for you:
Almost all shell-bearing mollusks can secrete pearls, yet most are not very valuable. Pearls can form in both saltwater and freshwater environments. I’ve never found a pearl in one of my North Carolina Oysters. Bummer. However, maybe that’s because pearl oysters are not closely related to true oysters, being members of a distinct family, the feathered oysters. Both cultured pearls and natural pearls can be extracted from pearl oysters.
Freshwater mussels also also yield pearls of commercial value. Hmmmm. That’s not really Oyster Trivia.
While some oysters have two sexes, their reproductive organs contain both eggs and sperm. Because of this, it is technically possible for an oyster to fertilize its own eggs. Once fertilized, an oyster discharges MILLIONS of eggs into the water, they develop in about six hours and then hang out for a few weeks before settling on a bed and maturing to sexual adulthood within a year. Did this Oyster Trivia just earn an R rating?
Oysters can be eaten on the half shell, raw, smoked, steamed, broiled, boiled, grilled, baked, fried, stewed, canned, pickled and roasted. How about an Oyster Cocktail. Yes. I Googled it. 12 oysters, Tabasco, a cucumber peeled and cubed, lemon juice, tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce and an avocado peeled and cubed. Makes 12 cocktails. I’m going to stick with steamed, please.
Enough trivia. What’s an oysters favorite band? Pearl Jam! What did the oyster say to his girfriend when she finally opened up to him? Aww shucks! How do oysters get around? In mussel cars!
OK. This is becoming a clamity. I’m done. Go eat an oyster!