Shucked Oysters

So raw I think they’re kinda gross. To be fair, I pretty much made up my mind before ever trying them. They look so slimy! So chewy! You eat them alive! But they are pretty interesting looking. I think their history is pretty interesting. They’ve gone from a working-class food to a delicacy. According to Wikipedia:

In the early 19th century, oysters were cheap and mainly eaten by the working class. Throughout the 19th century, oyster beds in New York harbor became the largest source of oysters worldwide. On any day in the late 19th century, six million oysters could be found on barges tied up along the city’s waterfront. Oysters were naturally quite popular in New York City, and helped initiate the city’s restaurant trade. New York’s oystermen became skilled cultivators of their beds, which provided employment for hundreds of workers and nutritious food for thousands. Eventually, rising demand exhausted many of the beds. To increase production, they introduced foreign species, which brought disease, when combined with effluent and increasing sedimentation from erosion, which destroyed most of the beds by the early 20th century. Oysters’ popularity has put an ever-increasing demands on wild oyster stocks. This scarcity increased prices, converting them from their original role as working class food to their current status as an expensive delicacy.

6 million oysters a day! That seems like a huge number, no wonder the stocks were diminished.

African Violet about to bloom for the first time

On a non-oyster note…. This photo of my African Violet was taken about a year ago. She was just starting to bloom for the first time. After seeing the African Violets JenO’s mother had, I realized I must be doing something wrong. I found myself some organic flower food and started actually tending to the plant. And she thrived! It seemed she was always blooming. So I kept up the feeding and watering regiment, and she did fine. Until recently. I’m not sure what changed. Maybe I was over watering? Over feeding? Not only did she stop blooming, but her leaves curled up and mostly died. I tried cutting back on the water, and the few leaves left seem to be doing better, but she is still a shadow of her former self. I don’t know what to do! I may need to re-pot her, she is just in the plastic pot she came in. Will that even help? Does anyone have any suggestions?? I loved seeing her little purple blooms catching the sun, and I’d love to be able to nurse her back to health.

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