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March 11, 2011
From "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in 1600:
Falstaff: I will not lend thee a penny.
Pistol: Why, then, the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open.
Most Shakespeare translators believe the phrase means you can extract all the pleasures and opportunities of life if you are young, rich, handsome and successful.
Oysters go back at least to the ancient Greeks, when Plato said in 348 BC, "We are bound to our bodies like an oyster is to its shell."
If that were true, an oyster is bound by a single adductor muscle easily sliced; could that be what another great man was metaphorically getting at?
Part of being legendary is being inscrutable.
There is some evidence oysters are an aphrodisiac; oysters can fertilize themselves if that's any recommendation.
The Romans were great oyster lovers, placed them in salt water pools, and fattened them up by feeding them wine and pastries.
Early Colonial settlers would eat them by the gross, which is rather gross, rather than by the dozen.
The word itself is a common name for a number of distinct groups of bivalve mollusks, which live in marine or brackish habitats and are edible.
As opposed to a pearl "oyster," either wild or cultured, which yields pearls through a fascinating process by warding off invading parasites.
Before we get to how we eat these beloved bivalves, it might behoove us to note how oysters, themselves, dine.
Actually through trapping suspended plankton and particles in the mucus of a gill, and from there transporting it to the mouth.
Yes, they have one.
If you're still hungry after that description, it's time to get to the issues.
Where do the best come from?
The French swear by their Belons.
America has their Blue Points.
Malpeque oysters from Prince Edward Island? They're worshipped.
Then there is the Sydney Rock Oyster from Australia.
Whatever your preference, purists say to eat them raw on the half shell, with just a squeeze of lemon.
A po' boy?
In a stew?
Come to think of it, maybe that's what Shakespeare was getting at.
They taste good.
Open them, and the world is okay for that moment.
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