National Oyster Day is dedicated to one of the most popular types of seafood. If you’ve never tried it, take advantage of this holiday to get to know this famous delicacy. If this is your favorite dish, then you have no reason to neglect the celebration at all.
Oysters were eaten as early as the Stone Age – then they were more often eaten not raw, but cooked over fire. The ancient Greeks began to purposefully grow mollusks – this custom was also adopted by the Romans.
In the 18th and 19th century, oysters became very cheap and even gained a reputation as the food of the poor. This state of affairs was typical for both the UK and the USA. With the advent of conservation, seafood has become even more affordable. However, the high demand gradually caused a shortage. This was aggravated by the diseases that infected a huge number of shellfish at the beginning of the 20th century. Bivalves have once again become a delicacy.
- There are over a hundred types of oysters in the world.
- Pearl species of mollusks are not eaten.
- The taste of shellfish is strongly influenced by the water in which they are grown. This is because they actively absorb harmful substances from the water. Thanks to this, they improve the ecological situation, but lose their gastronomic properties.
How to take part
Visit a restaurant or bar that serves oysters. If you don’t like the idea of eating them raw, order them baked, marinated, or try oyster soup.
Cook clams at home: if you follow the recipe, it is not too difficult, even for a beginner. Use lemon juice as a seasoning, which will give it an interesting flavor nuance. It goes well with white wine.
When is National Oyster Day celebrated in 2024?
National Oyster Day is observed on August 5 each year.