Do you believe this common myth about oysters?

Have you ever been told, “only eat raw oysters in months that contain the letter ‘r’?”

We’re here to tell you that this is simply a myth! You can enjoy great, fresh oysters year-round — and you can get the best quantity and variety of these delicious delicacies at Reel Seafood.

While this myth is no longer true, its basis is rooted in historical precautions. The belief goes all the way back to an English cookbook from 1599 entitled “Dyets Dry Dinner.” Back then, it was somewhat prudent advice — the lack of refrigeration in the Elizabethan era guaranteed oysters to spoil easily during the summer. Luckily, times have changed — a visit to our raw bar, where we carry a seasonal selection of East Coast and West Coast oysters on ice, is the perfect way to experience of the benefit of the modern world!

In the past, oyster stands were as common in New York City as hotdog stands are there today. However, considering the strict consumption guidelines currently enforced by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program, those oyster stands would never fly now! The greatest evidence which proves oysters are safe to eat year-round is, perhaps, the strict monitoring and accountability that goes into every stage of the process — from farming to harvesting to your plate at Reel Seafood. So, with that myth cleared up, how about a great reason why you should enjoy this mouthwatering seafood whenever you get the chance? That is, oysters are a extremely healthy food — they not only contain essential micronutrients such as zinc, iron, and vitamin B12, but they are also a low calorie treat as well. If that’s not a reason to enjoy a dozen on the half shell every season, we don’t know what is.

Article by Molly Moltzen

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