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And Now, “The Months with an R”

And Now, “The Months with an R”

Oysters, Clams, and Mussels

We’re already well into the time of year when especially delicious shellfish are coming to the table. It would be weird to say, “The oysters are running,” but oysters, clams, and mussels are all in season, and they are all available at the best fresh seafood market online. Right now, we’re seeing certain varieties that are well worth your attention.

Whose Idea Were Oysters?

Oysters are a kind of world of their own. There’s no way to describe the pleasure of eating them to the uninitiated – and no way to talk an oyster lover out of them. We don’t have the answer to, “Who ate the first oyster,” but we know it was a long, long time ago. The ancient Romans were farming them, and our native predecessors here in America left mountains of oyster shells at their favorite spots along the coast. Oysters embody the whole atmosphere of our seas and coastlines, the aroma of sea air, the complex taste of the ocean itself, salty or slightly sweet depending on the source. As your sea-to-home online fish market, we recommend Blue Points, from Connecticut, Wellfleets from here in Massachusetts, and Malpaques from our neighbors in Canada. For one close-up, our Malpaque oysters from Prince Edward Island introduce themselves with a major hit of sea-salt-evoking brine, followed by a crisp, sweet bite of meat. Our friends at the Oyster Bar in New York’s Grand Central Station serve Malpaques, and although we don’t agree on baseball, we think their choice to serve these is a good one. We’d be happy to send some directly to your door, so you can avoid Grand Central in or out of rush hour.

Mussels Coming In, Simple But Versatile

Mussels from PEI are in, too, and they are so inviting. They taste great simply steamed, with their almost-black shells yawning slightly to reveal the light coral shaded flesh within. People steam them with white wine or vinegar, butter, garlic, and shallots as just one way to bring these treasures to the table simply. For those with a little patience, the variety of recipes for preparing mussels is pretty amazing.

Clams, So Many Ways

Hardshell clams are found from the Maritimes in Canada all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. People dig them and bring them in by hand. We offer littlenecks and cherrystones right now, for enjoying on the half shell. Larger varieties get baked or put in chowder.

Softshell clams are available now, too, and they’re often called “steamers,” because that’s how a lot of people like them.

By All Means Get in On This

The season for fresh shellfish is not a season to miss, so let’s get in touch. We’ll be happy to ship fresh to your door, and we like thinking how much you’re going to enjoy them. We’re here to see that you get gourmet fresh seafood home delivery online. And that includes oysters, clams, and mussels. Especially now.

Michael J. Scola

While earning his degree in business, Michael spent summers and winters working the floor at Boston Sword & Tuna and learning the seafood business from the ground up. As a fifth-generation fishmonger and handled different species, lumped sword and tuna, sorted through vats of haddock and cod, broke down salmon cases, graded the fish, and more. During this time, Mike was a veritable sea sponge, learning from the most-experienced seafood professionals in the game while acquiring the tools needed to be successful in this gritty industry.