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The World is Your Oyster

Oysters have a delicious, intense rush of umami flavor that is unparalleled; eating oysters is a truly unique flavor experience. Fresh, slightly briny oysters can elevate any date night… or go big at your Sunday football viewing party with these classy bites.


From the depths of the ocean, oysters can be found around the globe on rocks and piers in the saltiest of waters. Just as the land, terroir, grapes are grown in can affect the taste of wine; the merroir- the environmental factors of the ocean- affect the taste and shape of these shellfish. The salinity of the water around them, the temperature of the water, all plays into the final flavor of the oyster.

Health Benefits of Oysters

Oysters are low in calories and high in micronutrients. On average, 6 oysters contain only 50 calories and 6 grams of protein! Oysters carry a remarkable amount of Vitamin B-12, excellent for brain health and cognitive function; as well provide a rich source of Vitamin D, copper, zinc and manganese contributing to bone health.

Which Oysters Are Best?

Draeger’s Seafood Mangers are partial to the Atlantic Blue Point Oysters from Bevans Oyster Company, located in historic Westmorland Count Virginia. Nestled between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers on a Chesapeake Bay Tributary, Bevans was founded more than fifty years ago. Draeger’s chooses Bevans Oysters because the family-owned company has an illustrious reputation for standards in quality.

How to Eat a Raw Oyster

Step 1: Try it naked. That’s right, no lemon zest, cocktail sauce, or condiment of any type to start with, to allow the oyster’s true flavor to shine through.

Step 2: Use your cocktail fork to loosen the oyster from its shell, but not to eat the oyster.

Step 3: Keeping the oyster level, gently slip the oyster and liquid into your mouth and chew slightly to release flavor.

Step 4: Once you’ve tasted the oyster, you can now add condiments, but delicately as to not overwhelm the original flavor.

Step 5: After the oyster has been consumed, flip the shell over so it is apparent that oyster has been eaten.

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Draeger's Markets
Draeger’s Market

Draeger’s Market is a grocery store that offers fine foods, high quality meats and seafood, fresh and locally sourced produce, from scratch baked goods, over 3,000 of the world’s finest wines, and catering platters for special events. Knowledgeable staff are ready to serve you, including the Director of Marketing, who has functioned as a journeyman grocery clerk, bakery clerk, beer and wine buyer and now spearheads marketing for the company. 

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