Few words have as many happy associations as the word “oyster”. From Shakespeare’s famous line “Why then the world’s mine oyster” to Rolex naming their legendary silver watchband after this culinary delight, oysters have come to mean all things good and Millennials know it.
Just consider what eating oysters can do for the active body:
• Boost the Immune System:
Oysters contain a large amount of both vitamin E and C. They also contain various other minerals that help the immune system. The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties of oysters can protect against free radicals, which are released during cellular metabolism.
• Promote Heart Health:
Oysters are good for the heart. They reduce the plaque that accumulates on arteries by limiting its binding to the artery walls and blood vessels. The high magnesium and potassium content in oysters helps lower blood pressure and relaxes the blood vessels
• Strengthen Eye Sight:
Oysters top the list for natural sources of zinc, the mineral that ensures that the eye’s pigment is adequately produced in the retina. The more zinc, the stronger your eyesight, because reduced pigmentation is often related to a reduction in the central visual field of vision.
• Improves Brain Function:
Oysters are a rich source of B12, omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and iron, all benefiting brain function. Studies have shown that low iron in the brain reduces the ability of a person to concentrate while zinc deficiency can affect the memory.
• Acts as a Mood Boosting:
Due to the high levels of zinc found in oysters, they are known to stabilize mood. Zinc is considered an essential mineral because it is not stored by the body and needs to be consumed through diet.
• Makes You Beautiful :
The powerful mineral zinc plays a big role in skin repair by helping create and boost collagen. Collagen is crucial for the structural support in skin and reduces sagging. It also helps maintain stronger nails, and keeps scalp and hair healthy.
• Encourages Healthy Vascular System and Blood Vessels:
One single serving of oysters contains 16-18% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps fight cardiovascular disease. Oysters are also high in omega–3 fatty acids, potassium, and magnesium which are known to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and can help lower blood pressure.
• Increases Energy:
Oysters contain a good amount of B12 vitamins, which boost energy and turn the food into energy. Oysters also contain iron, which helps the body transport oxygen to individual cells giving an energy boost.
• Strengthens Bones:
The presence of selenium, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorus and calcium found in oysters leads to stronger bone health and density.
And it that’s not enough, they taste great - fresh on the half shell or prepared in hundreds of savory ways like the famed New Orleans entree, Oysters Rockefeller.
- 36 fresh Taylor Pacific Oysters
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons finely-minced onion
- 9 tablespoons finely-minced parsley
- 5 tablespoons homemade bread crumbs
- Tabasco Sauce to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon Herbsaint or Pernod
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Rock Salt
- Lemon wedges for garnish
- Using an oyster knife, shuck open the oyster shells, then remove the oysters.
- Discard the top shells.
- Reserve the oyster liquor.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter; add spinach, onion, parsley, bread crumbs, Tabasco Sauce, Herbsaint, and salt.
- Cook, stirring constantly, for 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Press the spinach mixture through a sieve or food mill; let cool.
- Preheat oven broiler.
- Line an ovenproof plate or platter with a layer of rock salt about 1-inch deep (moisten the salt very slightly).
- Set oysters in the rock salt.
- Place a little of the reserved oyster liquor on each oyster.
- Spoon an equal amount of the prepared parsley mixture over each oyster .
- Spread parsley mixture to the rim of the shell.
- Broil approximately 5 minutes or until the edges of the oysters have curled and the topping is bubbling.
- Garnish the plates with the parsley sprigs and the lemon wedges.
- Serve immediately.