Notwithstanding their blatant suggestiveness, it isn’t by chance that oysters have earned themselves the reputation as our favourite aphrodisiac. Oysters are rich in nutrients and goodness: notably they burst with zinc and selenium – amongst a host of other vitamins and minerals – both play a vital role in the functioning of our body and immune system but each is also known to support the healthy production and mobility of sperm. See, there’s truth in it.
In honour of the oyster, here is a little St Valentine inspired recipe:
Ensure you buy the freshest oysters you can find (native oysters – those grown locally to our shores here in the UK – are by far the tastiest and we should all do our bit to support small fisheries). The shell should be firmly closed, or should close immediately when tapped. It should smell of the sea, be full and bright in the shell, and swimming in its natural juice. Remember that they are living creatures until they are shucked, so store carefully in the fridge covered in a wet tea towel, cup side down so that they sit happily in their juice.
For a good lesson on how to clean and shuck, head here.
Pomegranate Mignonette Recipe
- fresh oysters, scrubbed and shucked
- 1 small pomegranate, juice and seeds
- 1 small shallot, finely chopped
- 2-3 tbsp. red wine vinegar
- optional flat leaf parsley or dill
- fresh cracked black peppercorns, to taste
Mix together all the ingredients and carefully spoon equally over the oysters.
Eat, enjoy and . . well, you know, wait for the magic to happen 😉