Oyster Season Is Open - Fun Facts About Oysters

MRA Fun Facts About Oysters

Oyster season is an extremely popular time for southeastern North Carolina. Folks everywhere clamor to find a bushel of their favorite, salty treat. Families gather around tables complete with oyster knives, hand towels, ketchup, hot vinegar and cornbread ready to devour the tasty bivalves! Others line bars awaiting their own platter of raw delicacies.

You probably know whether you like oysters or not, but how much more do you really know about them? We decided to look a bit deeper to find out more about these fascinating (and delectable) creatures.

Here are a few fun facts we found:

  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 sized 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”; however, those harvested wildly simply won’t taste as good because those months are 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.

If you find yourself in our area during the month of October, you may be interested in celebrating everything oyster at the NC Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach. This annual event, only a 45-minute drive from Oak Island, offers attendees crafts, contests, musical performances and a variety of foods (including the star of the show, the oyster)! Let us know if you need help finding the perfect rental property for that week. We’d be glad to help you find it, and possibly celebrate alongside your family!