People who love oysters love life. They savor the wondrous sights, sounds,
fragrances and flavors of all nature’s bounty. Although oysters can be an
acquired taste for some, they’re ambrosia to others. The Greeks envisioned their
goddess of love, Aphrodite, springing forth from the sea on an oyster shell and
giving birth to Eros, from which the word "aphrodisiac" was born.
Oysters are said to have been revered by the Roman emperors who paid for them by
their weight in gold and sent thousands of slaves to the shores of the English
Channel to gather them. Casanova is reported to have eaten 50 oysters a day
while taking his morning bath, and one can only imagine their importance to
Anthony and Cleopatra. It’s also been written that a person without a taste for
oysters may well be without a soul.
For those who are health-conscious, oysters are not only delicious but one of
the most nutritionally well-balanced foods, containing protein, carbohydrates
and lipids. They’re high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in cholesterol. Oysters
are an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and D. They have high
mineral content including iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc,
manganese and phosphorus.