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Fun Friday Food Facts, Vol. 29

5th Aug 2022 - 06:00
To honour National Oyster Day (5th August 2022) we have found some related food facts.
  • The record for the world’s largest oyster is held by a Pacific oyster in Denmark which measures 35.5cm (1ft 2in) in length and weighs 1.6kg (3.5lb).
  • Oysters contain a variety of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, protein, selenium, vitamin A and B12.
  • Oysters were so cheap and plentiful that in the early 1800s they were handed out as ‘free bar snacks’ in New York.
  • Sonya ‘The Black Widow’ Thomas set the world record for oyster consumption at a 2005 competition, eating 46 dozen in just ten minutes. 
  • Depending on which side of the Atlantic you reside, a prairie oyster is either a a drink made with a raw egg and seasoning (UK) or the testicles of a calf cooked and served as food (US).
  • As a result of oysters filtering so much water, they develop a different flavour profile as different bodies of water have differing levels of salt and other types of nutrients.
Written by
Edward Waddell