Monday, March 1, 2010

Happy MaRch

Jonathan Swift is quoted as having said, "He was a bold man that first ate an oyster."

Folklore says that oysters should be eaten only in months with "r" in them (September, October, etc.) This is, of course not true, oysters can be eaten 12 months a year. The myth that oysters should not be eaten in "r"-less months (May, June, July and August, warm months) may have started in the days when oysters where shipped without adequate refrigeration and could spoil. Today all that has changed and we can enjoy oysters twelve months a year. Not that I would. I find them slimy when raw!

Of course RAW is the most popular way to enjoy oysters. Wild oysters are excellent sources of several minerals, including iron, B12, zinc and selenium, which are often low in the modern diet. Eaten raw they are even healthier but are very low in food energy. Oysters are popular because like wines, raw oysters have complex flavors that vary among the different varieties and regions. They can be sweet, salty, earthy, or even melon.

This month we'll try to talk more about seafood! Yum!

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