Science and History

It’s funny how the most primitive creatures seem to always be those who’ve been around the longest. Oysters are a great example. They are a very, very ancient creature indeed. They’ve survived for hundreds of millions of years on the planet Earth.

When it come to oysters, Green, for lack of a better color, is GOOD! In fact, in France it is le meilleur (the best). 

Oysters are a lot like bears! Yeah, it’s true. How so? Well, like bears oysters hibernate in the winter (or coldest months of the year). In that time they get thin or skinny like a bear does. Then, come Spring, both bears and oysters come out of hibernation and begin to eat again. They fatten up to breed.

Before Diamond Jim Brady, before Grand Central Oyster Bar, hell, before 1850, there was Thomas Dowling, son of a free slave and denizen of Lower Manhattan.

The answer to the question” Where do oysters come?” is easy enough to answer and understand. But what’s more interesting is how these facts show how the reproduction and life cycle of an animal can so closely resemble that of a plant! Consider this: Exrternal fertilization occurs in the water as sperm and egg meet.

Modern human beings are Homo Sapiens. We are Genus, Homo and Species, Sapien. Homo Sapiens are the only member of the Genus Homo to regularly and (at one time) extensively rely on oysters (and other shellfish) as a primary source of protein.

There are not too many places on Earth where an oyster goes from an idea to a meal within the same zip code or within the same 2 or 3 square miles. Well, interestingly, Montauk is one of those places. For a Montauk oyster, you see The End, and The Beginning, come together nicely with a splash of lemon juice.