Oyster Season is Open – Fun Facts About Oysters!

A photo of delicious oysters

Oyster season is open!

Oyster season started this week and we can’t wait to get our hands on some of those tasty bivalves! This weekend, October 18th-19th, over 45,000 people tend to agree with us at the 34th Annual NC Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach.

You probably know whether you like oysters or not, but do you know much else about them? We decided to look into them a little further and found they are fascinating creatures. Here are a few fun facts:

1. A single oyster filters (and cleans) about 50 gallons of water each day (and thus greatly improves water quality and clarity)!

2. Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food. They are considered one of the most nutritionally well-balanced foods. Four or five medium size oysters supply the recommended daily allowance of iron, copper, iodine, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese and phosphorus.

3. Oysters close their shells to rest and follow a very strict circadian rhythm according to sun and moon positions.

4. The largest oyster producing body of water in the United States is the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia.

5. You CAN eat oysters during months without an “r”, but if they are harvested wildly, they simply don’t taste as good because that’s when they spawn. Farmed oysters are good all year round.

6. While oysters have different genders, they may change genders one or more times during their life span which can be over 20 years.

We hope to see you this weekend at the festival!

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