Oyster Day

Oyster Day is celebrated on May 5th of each year.  The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origin of Oyster Day.

The word oyster is used as a common name for a number of distinct groups of bivalve molluscs which live in marine or brackish habitats.  The valves are highly calcified.  Some kinds of oyster are commonly consumbed by humans, cooked or raw.  Other kinds, such as pearl oysters, are not.

Oysters, especially ‘wild’, are excellent sources of several minerals, including iron, zinc and selenium, which are often low in the modern diet.  They are also an excellent source of Vitamin B12.  Oysters are considered the healthiest when eaten raw on the half shell.  Traditionally, oysters were considered to be an aphrodisiac.  A team of American and Italian researchers analyzed bivalves and found they were rich in amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones.  Their high zinc content aids the production of testosterone.