Thursday, January 20, 2011

Oysters

From the Global Gourmet:
Oysters are not only delicious, but they're also one of the most nutritionally well balanced of foods, containing protein, carbohydrates and lipids. The National Heart and Lung Institute suggest oysters as an ideal food for inclusion in low-cholesterol diets. Oysters are an excellent source of vitamins A, B1(thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), C (ascorbic acid) and D (calciferol). Four or five medium size oysters supply the recommended daily allowance of iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese and phosphorus.

Read more: Little Known Facts About Oysters here.

We grilled oysters for supper the other night and they were delicious.  We thought they looked kind of pretty sitting on the plate with lemon slices and fresh parsley sprigs, swimming in their sauce of butter and olive oil, but that is probably one of those really subjective things--the look only the cooks could love.  We slurped them all down before taking a picture, so I cannot solicit objective opinions.

Of course the very next day I got an alert from the Nature Conservancy about the threat to oyster beds and the importance of saving these mollusks and their habitat.  Why does every little thing have to be guilt producing?

6 comments:

  1. Your eating oysters is probably not related to their demise. It is pollution and global warming and disease that seem to be hurting the oysters...not harvesting and eating them.

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  2. Oysters and I are barely on speaking terms, and only if they're fried.

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  3. I like them but have to eat them quickly with a LOT of hot sauce.

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  4. Never tried them out of squeamishness but that is really not a good reason for I truly love snails. Go figure.
    Just hope they weren't the ones soaking in BP juice.

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  5. Hey Olga, My name is Dave Connell, I work for The Nature Conservancy and just came across this post. Please eat oysters!! We want you to eat oysters and we want there to be lots of oysters around to eat!

    Oyster beds are essential to our coastal ecosystems in places like the Gulf Coast and North Carolina. We want there to be oysters around in these places to preserve coastal systems and provide a sustainable economy for local people.

    My advice is to eat oysters that are sourced locally and help educate folks about how important these humble creatures are to places like Louisiana and North Carolina. And, of course, enjoy!

    Here's some more info. on sustainable seafood:
    http://www.nature.org/wherewework/features/art29388.html

    And some info on Oyster restoration in Alabama:
    http://blog.nature.org/2011/01/hope-on-the-half-shell/

    All the best,
    dave

    PS>> I like mine raw with nothing on them. it's like kissing the ocean!

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  6. I've only had fried oysters. Does that make me a heathen?

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