Oysters – Fancy Facts and Myths


The 10th Annual Oyster Frenzy is upon us at Flying Fish, and in preparation we would like to share some fancy oyster facts and myths with our Seattle oyster lovers.

An Ancient Favorite.  Fresh oysters have been enjoyed since the Roman Times.  Once considered food for the poor, oysters are now thought of as a luxury!

Aphrodisiac?  Oysters inherited this smashing reputation when the Greek love goddess, Aphrodite, rose out of the sea in an oyster shell.  That is all it took.  Guilty by association!

The Salty Love Potion.  It is believed that Casanova, the 18th century Italian adventurer known for his legendary womanizing, ate 50 oysters for breakfast every morning to make him more desirable to the ladies.

Oysters Increasing Testosterone?  While no scientific proof links oysters to being an aphrodisiac, oysters are rich in zinc and protein which are key ingredients in the production of testosterone.

Oyster Shell = Zero.  Mayans and Olmecs used the concept of an empty shell to express the concept of zero.  “An oyster is an empty shell but also the giver of life…much like Zero.”  Ponder that one.

The Bearers of Pearl.  Most pearls created by mollusks are produced with human help.  In fact, only 1 out of 10,000 mollusks will produce a pearl in the wild.

Cheers to Good Health!  Oysters are rich in Vitamin C, D, B, B2, B3, calcium, copper, iodine, iron and zinc.

Fresh Oyster Prime Time.  Oysters are tastier in months that contain an “R” in the name.  What a perfect time to kick off the !


Now that you are (hopefully) even more fascinated with oysters, join Flying Fish on October 27th for the 10th Annual .  The Oyster Frenzy will feature all you can eat oysters, 6 kinds raw, 3 kinds cooked.

This event will kick-off the Flying Fish Oyster Happy Hour, which features $.50 oysters in the bar from 4:00pm to 6:00pm daily.