National Oyster Day 2017

5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

On Saturday, August 5, 2017 it's National Oyster Day.

2 million pounds of these mollusks are eaten every year and from 1990 to 1985 Americans ate 15 million pounds of oysters.


August 5 is a good day to find oysters at a discount and here's what you need to know:

1. It is not clear who started national oyster day but the best way to observe it is to eat them.

No one actually knows who started National Oyster Day but no matter, the best way to celebrate is to make or order a dish that uses oysters as one of its main ingredients.

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2. Over 100 species of oysters exist.

National Oyster Day is a good time to stock up on your oyster trivia.

There are over 100 species of true oysters and traditionally they are named after the body of water or bay in which they are grown.

According to Organic Life, oysters come with health benefits.

You can love them raw, fried or on the half shell but oysters provide you with health benefits such as high levels of heart and brain boosting omega-3 fatty acids, iron, and zinc to keep your mojo flowing.

Oysters can take differently depending on the body of water from which they hail. Similar to wine, oysters draw their unique flavors from their environment. They taste like the sea, but the sea tastes different in every bay.

3. You might find a pearl in an oyster, but don't count on it.

There are many interesting facts about oysters.

Among them is that the largest oyster producing body of water in the world is located in Chesapeake Bay on the East Coast of the United States. These East Coast oysters tend to be smaller, wilder and saltier. West Coast oysters are creamy and sweet.

East Coast oysters

Only one out of every 10,000 oysters will produce a pearl.

Edible oysters belong to a specific family while pearl oysters are part of a different family. Of the seven main types that create the coveted orbs, each one adds its own span to the mix, giving them a different color, size and shape. Common oysters are known as pinctada and are found in the deep ocean not near the surface.

4. Many establishments are offering discounted oysters.

You may have to hunt but you can find discounts on oysters at many restaurants and bars.

On National Oyster day you will find specials in Miami, Denver, Chicago, Baltimore, New York City, Atlanta, Boston and Philadelphia.

5. The story that oysters are an aphrodisiac might actually be true.

Recently a team of American Italian researchers found some truth in the ancient Greek myth. After analyzing oysters, the researchers concluded that they are rich in a rare amino acid that triggers increased levels of sex hormones.

Oysters have always been reputed as an aphrodisiac since the Roman Empire and they were supposedly regularly enjoyed as a virility booster by Casanova. The science is far from proven but it makes for a good story anyway.