Good news for oyster fans! Morrisons is selling fresh British Pacific Oysters for just 25p each from today until this Sunday, February 14. It’s expected that the shellfish, a known aphrodisiac, will be bought by couples wishing to prepare a romantic dinner for a night in.
Two thirds of Brits have never eaten an oyster
The supermarket says its oyster price is the lowest retail price in the UK for 25 years. Currently, oysters can sell for over £5 each in Harrods and Selfridges food hall oyster bars, twenty times the price of Morrisons oysters.
Nearly two thirds of Brits have never eaten an oyster, even though 2,300 tonnes will be harvested in Britain this year. Fifty per cent of Britain’s oyster harvest is now exported to the continent every 12 months.
One in four people said they’d never tried an oyster due to the perceived ‘expensive’ price, with 44 per cent saying they didn’t want to waste money on something that they may not like. In addition, a fifth of people thought they’d never shopped anywhere that sold them.
Each oyster weighs approximately 60g and is available in all stores as a 6-pack in the fresh fish section, and as single oysters in stores with stand-alone fish counters. Morrisons fishmongers can shuck and prepare individual oysters for you.
- Oysters are British born and bred.
- 50 per cent of Britain’s oysters are exported abroad to the continent.
- Each coastal region produces a slightly different taste and texture of oyster.
- Oysters are healthy, being low in cholesterol and rich in essential nutrients such as polyunsaturated fats and zinc.
- Oysters filter the sea water, passing about 30-50 gallons of water flow though their shells per day.
- Not all oysters make pearls, only seven Pinctada species can create them.
- The Romans imported oysters by boat direct from England to Italy and Roman Emperors paid for them by their weight in gold.
- It is said that Henry IV liked to consume 300 oysters as an appetizer and that Casanova reportedly consumed 50-60 oysters a day with his evening punch!
- In the 1800s oysters used to be a peasant dish.
- It’s thought that the most expensive oysters in the world, which cost AUD$100 each, are from Coffin Bay, Australia.
- The Guinness World Record for the most oysters eaten in 3 minutes is 233.
- Always chew an oyster to release its full flavour.
- You can chuck oyster shells on your garden - their calcium element will fertilise plants and help your garden to grow!
- There are more money-saving tips in every issue of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.