What is an oyster?

Oysters are shellfish found in the coastal waters of the world's oceans.  They have been gathered and enjoyed raw and cooked for centuries the world over. Oyster beds were once in abundance and provided nutritous and much needed sustenance for sailors and early coastal settlers. Before over fishing and pollution dramatically diminished oyster stocks, they were considered a poor man's food. Today oysters are considered a delicious delicacy, particulary enjoyed on special occasions.

 

There are many different types of wild and farmed oysters. Nowadays in the UK, the most widely found are the Crassostrea Gigas, commonly known as the Pacific or Japanese Oyster. Originally from Japan, this type of oyster was introduced into the UK in the early 1920s for commercial reasons and is now the most farmed in Scottish waters. 

 

​The best period to enjoy fresh oysters is from the third to the fifth day after they have been collected from the water. 

An extremely healthy aphrodisiac!

Oysters are famous for their aphrodisiac properties due to their high levels of zinc. Although this remains unproven, legend says that Casanova used to eat 40 oysters a day!

 

As well as zinc, oysters are rich in protein and amino acids and low in carbohydrates. Other health benefits include a host of vitamins; A, B2, B12, B3, B6, D, E and minerals such as copper, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iodine and sodium. All of which contribute to a healthy immune system and improved energy levels.

Crassostrea Gigas oysters
Health benefits of oysters
Crassostrea gigas - Pacific oyster
Crassostrea gigas

Oysters can be enjoyed in many different sizes. Each size preference depends on your personal taste, some people like them large and chewy while others prefer them small and delicate. 

 

The Oysterman Events usually shuck medium size oysters which are between 60gr and 80gr, we believe this to be the most appropriate size to accompany canapés and aperitifs.

Size matters!

Crassostrea Gigas oysters in Scotland