Oysters: The story of how one mollusk shucked it’s way to the top
Oyster – The word oyster is used as a common name for a number of distinct groups of bivalve molluscs that live in marine or brackish habitats. The valves are highly calcified. Some kinds of oysters are commonly consumed, cooked or raw, by humans as a delicacy. Other kinds, such as pearl oysters, generally not eaten by humans, are harvested for the pearl produced within the mantle.
While oysters have always been a delicacy…. their increase in popularity over the past 5 years on both a local and national level has solidified their status as one of the best bivalves around. This new found celebrity status can be attributed to many factors, not the least of which include the recent release of the wonderful book “Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm” and a renewed interest in eating sustainable & local cuisine. That said, it should come as no surprise that these beautiful bivalves are now adorning everything from dish towels to plates, clothing, jewelry, accessories and more!
Stop by the shop this spring/summer for a closer look, or to purchase some of these wonderful goodies. Where are your favorite oysters from? Duxbury, Cape Cod, The West Coast, Japan…. Comment on our post and let us know where you get your oysters and what differentiates your mollusks…are they salty, briny…do you like them raw, smoked, boiled, baked????? We love to hear from you!!!