It’s gooey. And slimy. And salty.
Oyster (also knows as सीप in Hindi) is a type of bivalve mollusks usually found in brackish waters. While there are many types of them out there, some are commonly consumed cooked or raw. They are regarded as a delicacy in many parts of the world. A type of oyster called pearl oysters are even harvested for the pearl produced within the mantle. Another one called the windowpane oysters are harvested for their translucent shells, which are used to make various kinds of decorative objects.
Oysters are an important source of food in many coastal areas around the world. In fact, oyster fisheries is a serious industry that provide livelihood to a lot of fishermen. (Although, I must say that overfishing and growing marine pollution have sharply impacted the supply of oysters, apart from creating other environmental issues.) Oyster still remain a popular dish around the world and there are even oyster festivals in many cities and towns that celebrate the culinary significance of this little mollusk.
I ate my oysters steamed and seasoned, however there can be many ways of eating it. Purists insist on eating them raw, with no dressing except lemon juice or shallots vinegar. Many upscale restaurants pair raw oysters with mignonette sauce, which is made from shallot, peppercorn, white wine, lemon and in some cases, sherry vinegar. How do you like your oysters ?