Moran's Oyster Cottage Starters Menu 2017
The Clarenbridge oyster bed in Galway is situated at the mouths of the Dunkellin and Clarenbridge rivers. It consists of 700 acres of sea-bed. Oyster beds require a combination of fresh and sea water. The Clarenbridge Oyster Bed is a natural bed. It is not cultivated in any way.
Like other forms of farming oysters are affected by the weather, pollution and disease but unlike farming on land you cannot treat your livestock against sickness nor can you put it into a warm barn if the winter gets too cold! It takes 3-5 years for oysters to grow to a diameter of 3″ – a marketable oyster during which time the producers risk is very high. This is one of the reasons why the cost to the consumer has risen so much over the past few years. For the technically minded, their nutritional value is: Water – 79.5%, Fat – 1.8%, Protein – 10.5%, Carbohydrate – 5.6%, Ash, sand salt – 2.47%. Vitamins – A, B1, B2, C, D, PP. Each oyster contains about 7 calories which should allow the most weight conscious among us to enjoy half a dozen or so. Oysters are considered to be an aphrodisiac. Casanova is said to have eaten them every day! While there is no evidence to uphold this theory, they certainly are a healthy food.