Most of October, we head up to the panhandle to visit with friends and grab some fresh Florida oysters in the Apalachicola Bay area. On our last trip, we went to Panacea, Fl, to buy fresh Florida oysters from the water's edge. The owner of My Way Seafood, Debbie Logan, is a breast cancer survivor and is helped by her son and grandson, Jason and Jackson Thomas. Their store is the last in the area to offer fresh, never-frozen seafood for over 35 years.

They harvest, clean, and sell these delicious oysters annually. We put them on ice for the ride back to Stuart. We love inviting our neighbors over for a tailgate party. And shuck oysters with our favorite beverage. It's a great time to enjoy neighbors and friends before the busy hustle of the "season." Fresh oysters in Florida. It's a fall favorite for us. 

Oysters in Panacea Fl Mona Leonard Reviews

 

Fresh oysters in Florida are commonly eaten raw, with a few drops of lemon juice squeezed into them. Their nutritional content is mainly unaffected by any cooking or preparation methods.

Six medium-sized oysters contain roughly:

  • Calories: 50
  • Protein: 6 grams
  • Fat: 1 gram
  • Carbohydrates: 5 grams
  • Fiber: 0 grams

Raw oysters are also an abundant source of several vitamins and minerals. They're an excellent source of vitamin B12, which research has indicated plays a significant role in keeping your brain healthy. Other micronutrients include Vitamin D, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, and Selenium. 

These buttery, slippery, delicious pieces of heaven from the sea create a permanent briny memory your taste buds will never forget. For millennia, oysters have been a common theme for coastal locations. Roman history shows the wealthier population enjoyed oysters. Native American Indians also took advantage of this high-protein morsel.

Their dietary value has been recognized as far back as the dinosaurs. Over a decade ago, archeologists in South Africa discovered these bivalves were a source of high food value 164,000 years ago.

By the 1700s, New York became the center stage for oysters. Gaining more attention, New York was the largest producer of oysters in the world. The popularity of these shellfish has waxed and waned over the centuries. Improved harvesting techniques made them less expensive and more available to everyone.

In late 2020, the Apalachicola Bay oyster harvesting was halted until 2025. This area produces 90% of the fresh Florida oysters on the menu. Now with the uncertain future of fresh Florida oysters, only time will tell if conservation can prevent the over-harvesting of these delicious shellfish. 

For more information about fresh Florida oysters and other Florida topics, contact Treasure Coast Insider Blogger Mona Leonard at 772-530-6131 or www.monaleonard.com.