Oyster Day Celebrating On 5th May, 2014Oyster Day is a celebration of this most versatile mollusc. Oyster is the common name for a number of different groups of bivalve molluscs.
Archeologists tell us humans have been eating oysters since the dawn of humanity. Oyster farming and cultivation can be traced back to Roman times in France and England.
Oysters actually helped build New York City’s restaurant trade as the fish were so abundant in the city’s harbour during the early 1800s, when their vast supply made them a cheap food source for the working class. By the end of that century, six million oysters could be seen on barges tied up along the city’s waterfront, making New York the largest producer then of oysters worldwide.
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When Oyster Day ?
Always on May 5th
Oyster Day is a pearl of a day. Oysters are a shellfish, or "mollusks" found in both freshwater and saltwater. They often produce pearls, making Oyster Day a real gem.
Here are some other interesting oyster facts:* The largest oyster-producing body of water in the world is located in Chesapeake Bay on the east coast of the U.S.
* Almost two billion pounds of oysters are eaten each year.
* In the U.S., east coast oysters tend to be smaller, milder and saltier. West coast oysters are creamy and sweet.
* Only one out of every 10,000 oysters will produce a pearl.