Lets start By defining Oysters
Edible oysters live in both warm and cold waters along the coasts of every ocean and have been cultivated as food for 2,000 years. The two valves, or hinged oyster shells, are slightly different in shape—one is convex, and the other is flatter, though both shells are bumpy. The most Common oyster varieties are namely:
- 1. European oysters: These are a small species found on the Atlantic coast of England, Ireland, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
- 2. Portuguese oysters: These are also known as giant Pacific oysters, are a larger variety (up to ten inches) found in Europe and Asia.
- 3. American oysters: These can reach up to seven inches in diameter and live on the Atlantic coast from Canada, to the Gulf of Mexico.
How do Oysters taste ?
Oysters are quite the slippery bite with a soft yet springy texture. They have a buttery, briny flavor with large notes of seawater. Some oysters may have a gritty or metallic taste, while others may have an intensely salty flavor.
Good oysters will look opaque and never smell or taste “fishy.” Bad oysters will look withered and dry inside the shell and likely smell “off.” If there is no seawater inside the shell, the oyster is likely dead.
How to Eat Oysters
Oysters are a versatile food that can be eaten raw or cooked. Some people like to swallow the oyster whole, but the majority of people prefer to chew them, as that is how you get the full flavor.
Many people who eat raw oysters garnish them with lemon juice, cocktail sauce, or a Champagne mignonette sauce as a companion condiment. In addition oysters can also be fried, oven baked, steamed, or stewed.
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