The oyster is a mollusc with an irregularly shaped shell. It lives attached to rocks and has no means of self-propelled movement.
Oysters were as popular back in the day of the ancient Greeks and Romans as they are today. Even Abraham Lincoln used to throw “oyster parties’ where nothing else was served.
The word aphrodisiac comes from the legend of Aphrodite the Greek Goddess of Love who rose out of the sea on an oyster shell. Perhaps the old wives tale has some truth to it, as scientist have discovered a rare amino acid which increases sex hormones – just ask Casanova , the world famous 18 century lover, who ate up to 50 oysters daily.
The Pick n Pay Oyster festival will take place from 28 June to 7 July 2013. The festival was established 28 years ago to encourage people to visit Knysna during the long winter months. Today it has become a well-known event and which attracts people from all over the country.
There is the Forest Marathon, Half Marathon and Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour for the sport lovers and wine and whisky tastings and the oyster eating competitions for the not so sporty. In fact there are more than 100 events from the waitron race to a bowls tournament – catering for everyone!
An added benefit, for those concerned about their waistlines while on holiday, is that oysters are a balanced food with a good source of protein, omega oil!