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Oysters have their own day to be honored: Enjoy oysters on National Oyster Day

August 5 is National Oyster Day
August 5 is National Oyster Day
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A lot of people love oysters, but some people don't care for them. Oysters are bivalve. That means they have two shells. They are related to clams, mussels, and scallops.

Oysters are an excellent source of zinc, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and selenium, as well as vitamin A and vitamin B12. Oysters are low in food energy. Just one dozen raw oysters contains 110 kilocalories. One serving is equal to six medium raw oysters.

Oysters are considered most nutritious when eaten raw even though they can be eaten other ways as well. Oysters can be eaten on the half shell, raw, smoked, boiled, baked, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, pickled, steamed, or broiled, or used in a variety of drinks. Eating can be as simple as opening the shell and eating the contents, including juice. Butter and salt are often added.

These oysters make a great appetizer. They are wonderful for entertaining since they can be prepared in advance and then simply grilled a couple minutes before serving. My husband and I can make a dinner of these oysters! Give them a try - if you are an oyster lover, you won't be disappointed.

Oysters make a great appetizer. They are wonderful for entertaining since they can be prepared in advance and then simply grilled a couple minutes before serving.

Oysters are thought to be an aphrodisiac, partially because they resemble female sex organs. A team of American and Italian researchers found oysters to be rich in amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones. Their high zinc content aids the production of testosterone.

Aug. 5 is National Oyster Day. So head to your favorite seafood restaurant and celebrate with a dozen or so. If you prefer, there are quick and easy recipes that will be helpful if you want to cook up a batch for dinner to serve your family. If your family is an oyster lover, they won't be disappointed.