Did You Know Oysters are Hermaphrodites??

October is National Seafood Month … but, if you’ve spent anytime swimming around this mermaid’s blog, then you already know that. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month … and to help raise awareness, The Oceanaire Seafood Room is offering Pink Ribbon Oysters throughout October with 25 percent of every purchase donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Pink Ribbon Oysters are wild oysters, harvested by divers in the cold waters of Long Island Sound. After harvesting, every single one of the delicious little bivalvia are cleaned and graded by industry specialists before making it to the table. As for the flavor, Pink Ribbon Oysters are salty (no surprise), petite (think Blue Points, for my fellow oyster lover) and fleshy.

“We are thrilled to offer guests decadent Pink Ribbon Oysters throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” said Wade Wiestling, Vice President of Culinary Development. “The combination of one-of-a-kind seafood and charitable giving was a natural fit for the Oceanaire.”

5 Fun Facts About Oysters

  1. Only eat oysters during months with the letter “R.” When water is warm—i.e. the summer months—there is a higher prevalence of the marine bacteria known as Vibrio vulnificus… but, MOST* people aren’t susceptible to infection from the bacteria and are free to enjoy the little mollusks 356 days a year.
  2. There are boy mollusks and girl mollusk. True, but both male and female oysters have gonads which produce both eggs and sperm—which means they are hermaphrodites and can change gender if they want to. Easy Peasy.
  3. It’s ALIVE. Or is it? If you’ve enjoyed the delicacy on the half shell, then yes, chances are the little creatures are still alive. But that’s OK. It means they’re fresh … and no one wants to eat an oyster that’s been “living” in a fridge for weeks on end.
  4. Oysters have gills.Oysters are like fish in that they take oxygen from water as it passes through their gills, and discard the carbon monoxide. And, believe it or not, the little guys (and gals) also have hearts, kidneys, stomachs and intestines. Who knew!
  5. Oysters are an aphrodisiac. Well, the famed 18th-century lover Casanova ate 50 oysters for breakfast every morning. Seemed to work for him, but the official verdict is still out.

Meet me at The Oceanaire? I’ll buy you an oyster 😉 !!

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