A Staple of 5 Star Dining: 5 Things you didn’t know about Oysters

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What do most 5 star restaurants have in common? Apart from beautiful surroundings and impeccable service, most people would agree that what makes 5 star dining so special is the chance to eat dishes you wouldn’t find in most other restaurants, and probably wouldn’t even consider trying to prepare at home.

Oysters are a delicacy that people seem to either love or hate, and they have an enduring fan-following amongst sophisticated diners at some of the best 5 star restaurantsin the world. At Pigalle, our diners demand a steady stream of the freshest possible oysters to pair with their cChampagne and the other seafood delicacies we’ve become famous for over the years.

What most people don’t realise is that oysters have an amazing story behind them, and some pretty unique properties that will make you think twice about saying “gross!” the next time someone offers you a plump oyster on the half-shell at your next 5 star dining experience. Here are 5 10 things you probably didn’t know about these amazing little creatures.

Oysters haveHealth Benefits
Most people have already heard that oysters are an aphrodisiac, and indeed, scientists have pointed out that the high zinc content in oysters can help improve sex drive. But did you know that zinc also boosts the immune system, strengthens bones, and even helps to clear up acne-prone skin? Believe it!

Oysters come in 5 different species
Did you know that there are five species of oysters, despite there being hundreds of different varieties? Apart from the locations in which they are found, these species are told apart by their shells.
• Pacific oysters – Smaller in size, with a wavy design on the shell.
• Kumamoto oysters – Small, with a round, pale coloured shell.
• European flat oysters – Large with flat, straight shells and fine ridges
• Olympia oysters – Similar to Kumamoto, but has a smoother shell with iridescent colouring
• Atlantic Oysters – Large, with a distinctive tear-drop or comma shape

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Oysters clean the ocean
Amazingly, every living oyster filters up to 180 litres of water every day! Not only tasty, but environmentally friendly as well! Just imagine an entire bed of these little guys, or better yet, a sustainable farm, and you’ll realise just what good news this can be for our suffering ocean environments.

Forget Oysters and champagne – Oysters and Absinthe are an incredible match
Oysters and champagne, it seems, are taking second place when it comes to matches made in heaven. Foodies claim that the salty, mineral-like taste of oysters are a perfect match for the fennel and mint flavours of absinthe. Why not try it next time you’re at Pigalle?

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Oysters are good for your garden!
Next time you slurp down a dozen oysters at your local Pigalle, ask if you can take the shells home with you to use in the garden. The high calcium content of oyster shells are like a superfood for your plants, improving the soil’s PH balance and adding nutrients to the plant.

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