“If you don’t love life you can’t enjoy an oyster; there is a shock of freshness to it and intimations of the ages of man, some piercing intuition of the sea and all its weeds and breezes. [They] shiver you for a split second.”– Eleanor Clark
Few ever forget their first experience. Raising the shell to your mouth and letting the fresh and salty tender meat cascade down your throat. A rush of excitement was immediately unleashed throughout your body and mind. In a word, you felt alive.
Ancient shell middens found throughout the world testify to the importance of the oyster as a gastronomic choice for man throughout the ages.
The lavish halls of ancient Roman Emperors kept a steady supply of oysters on hand for great feasts and visiting guests. Casanova, the famed 18th century lover reportedly started his day by consuming 50 oysters over breakfast. For over a millennium, human beings have been drawn to oysters for their sensual, spiritual and nutritional qualities. Today, that thirst to experience a premium oyster is unabated.