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A de­li­cious ex­plo­ration of oys­ters by chef Reem Azoury of Meat the Fish

VA­RIET Y

Ja­pan – Ku­mamoto Eng­land – English River Dart, Colch­ester, French­man’s creek, Jersey Royale, Car­ling­ford Lough Ire­land – Dun­gar­van France – Fine de Claire, Gil­lardeau, Os­tra Re­gal, Spe­cial Ancelin, Utah

TIPS ON HOW TO BUY OYS­TERS FROM YOUR LO­CAL SEAFOOD COUNTER

• Ask to see the bag tag and ex­am­ine the

har­vest date. • Ask to try a sam­ple to de­ter­mine its fresh­ness

(even if you have to pay for it, it’ll be well worth it). • Ask to hand­pick the oys­ters if pos­si­ble and try to

se­lect the heav­i­est ones. • Make sure none of the oys­ters are dead (the shells

will be open and won’t close when tapped).

STOR­ING

If you’re not plan­ning on hav­ing the oys­ters im­me­di­ately, store them in the re­frig­er­a­tor, cov­ered with a wet towel. Try your best to keep all of them up­side down. They can be kept happy and alive for sev­eral days in that state.

SEASONALIT Y

Warm­ing wa­ter tem­per­a­tures gen­er­ally cause spawn­ing in oys­ters, and although there is noth­ing harm­ful about eat­ing spawn­ing oys­ters, they tend to be less plump, softer and can of­ten have a milky liq­uid. Ku­mamoto oys­ters don’t spawn over the sum­mer, mak­ing them great to eat dur­ing the hot months.

NUTRI­TION

A dozen oys­ters are fewer than 100 calo­ries, but have as much pro­tein as a 100 gram steak and con­tain as much cal­cium as a glass of milk.

OYS­TER ETIQUET TE

Al­ways serve on a rimmed tray over crushed ice, with lemon wedges. Serv­ing oys­ters with tri­an­gles of bread is con­sid­ered a culi­nary faux pas. Sim­ply slurp right off the shell. You may use an oys­ter fork to first lift the oys­ter from the shell and once eaten, place the shell up­side down on the plat­ter.

OYS­TER AC­COU­TREMENTS

Lemon wedges, mignonette, horseradish, Tabasco.

LOVE & OYS­TERS

Oys­ters con­tain dopamine, a neu­ro­trans­mit­ter that is ad­min­is­tered to in­crease one’s heart rate. They’re also rich in amino acids that trig­ger in­creased lev­els of the sex hor­mones D-as­par­tic and N-methyl-d.

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