Oysters may not look very pleasing on the outside with their rough and grey shells, but there are very good reasons to love them. But before we discuss those reasons, let us find out a few facts about them.
You may have heard of more than a hundred varieties of oysters, but do you know that they come from only five species? These are the Atlantic oysters, European flat oysters, Kumamoto oysters, Olympia oysters, and Pacific oysters. The very thing that distinguishes one species from another is the shell. The Atlantic oysters appear like a comma or a tear drop. The European flat species has a large, straight shell with fine ridges, while the Pacific species is smaller with wavy casings. As with the Olympias oysters, the Kumamoto oysters are also on the smaller side, although their shells are smoother and iridescent.
There is also this old rule, in the northern hemisphere at least, that oysters should be eaten only when there is an ‘r” in the month, which basically means the cooler months. The rationale behind this was that it would be difficult to keep them from spoiling in hot weather. But of course, that was when refrigeration had not been invented. These days, you can enjoy fresh oysters all year round, but they tend to taste best in cooler months before they spawn, which happens in May, June, July, and August. In this period of time, oysters tend to be translucent and thin.
Now let us go to the two good reasons why you should love them despite their not being very aesthetically pleasing on the outside. The first reason is because of their taste, they truly are so pleasurable. Whether you have them raw, fried, or on the half shell, they have this succulent and delicate flavour to them. They can be salty, sweet, or and salty and sweet at the same time.
Second, they can be really good for your health. One nutrient of which it is known to contain high levels is zinc, which is associated with better mood, stronger bones, and improved sex drive. They are also high in potassium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids, which are known for keeping the heart healthy. Eating them can also make you more energetic because they are a good source of iron, a mineral essential for transporting oxygen to individual cells, which means more energy for you.
Oysters can also help you lose extra pounds. This is because they are low in calories and fat, and they are a great source of protein, helping you feel full for longer. Their being high in vitamin C and E also means stronger immune system for you as they help get rid of free radicals, which are associated with various health conditions, such as heart disease, premature aging, and cancer. In addition, oysters can help increase your good cholesterol levels and lower your bad cholesterol levels.
And one other thing , if you are into gardening, oyster shells can help your plants grow healthier. They are high in calcium, which helps balance the pH of the soil and build strong cell walls, and this means healthier plants for your garden. Check out our fresh oysters online now.