There are three primary species of oysters that are commercially harvested domestically. They are West Coast, East Coast and the Olympia. West Coast and East Coast are the most common. They can be sold under different names depending on where they are harvested. Live oysters as best enjoyed as fresh as possible.
Oysters are high in calcium, zinc and iron. They provide a good source of protein. Best of all they are one of the most sustainable varieties of seafood available. Oysters are filter-feeders so they help keep the oceans clean. Most are now farm-raised in the ocean in clean waters so they are perfectly safe to enjoy year-round.
Our own resident seafood expert, Chef Andrew Gruel, will provide some needed 411 on what every listener should know about these plump bivalves that now are seemingly on restaurant menus everywhere.