5 "Shucking" Facts About Oysters!

When you've got a craving for oysters, there's no better place to go than Backwater Jack's! Our Raw Deal Thursday features specials on oysters, shrimp, wings and canned beer to wash it all down. We know you love oysters from Lake of the Ozarks' best waterfront bar and grill, but how much do you know about this delicacy? Here are 5 "shucking" facts about oysters.

1. Oysters tend to be meatier in months that have an 'R' in their names, so many people call them "arsters." But have no fear, when you enjoy oysters at Backwater Jack's, you will always have the best of the best! In fact, the best time to enjoy oysters at Backwater Jack's is during the summer, especially on Thursdays during our Raw Deal special.

2. Oysters are high in zinc, which is great for your immune system. They're also a good source of calcium, vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, iron and protein. If that wasn't  enough, they're also low in cholesterol. If you eat four oysters, it gives you a complete daily supply of copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. Oysters are rich in other vitamins besides C, including vitamins A, D and B-12. B-12 is well-known to help people lose weight and sharpen their memory.

3. Oysters are some of the hardest working animals in the ocean. An adult oyster is capable of filtering 25-50 gallons of water a day. Before the oyster population was reduced in the Chesapeake Bay, it could be filtered in just five days just from the oysters. They are filter feeders, meaning they eat by pumping large volumes of water through their body. Plankton, algae and other particles become trapped in the mucus of their gills.

4. Oysters typically take on the flavor of the water where they're grown. East Coast oysters tend to be saltier and brinier while West Coast oysters tend to be a little sweeter. It's a concept known as "merroir". A number of environmental characteristics can influence their flavor like minerals in the growing area, the amount of seaweed nearby or even the type of algae they're filtering.

5. Baby oysters, called 'spat', attach themselves to a hard material, like another oyster's shell as they grow. They form beds or reefs that provide an important habitat for fish and other sea creatures, including sea anemones and barnacles, which in turn provide food for bigger fish, such as striped bass, black drum and croaker. Their filter water is great for creating more seagrass, which other species use for feeding and breeding grounds.

The Best Oysters at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Who knew that oysters were so interesting?! We didn't, but we DID know that our waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks is home to the best deals you can find on oysters at the Lake! Every Thursday, you can enjoy specials on not only oysters but wings and shrimp as well. In addition, we also offer specials on canned beer for you to wash it all down! Backwater Jack's is currently open every weekend, Thursday - Sunday at 11:00 AM. We have all your favorite foods and drinks waiting for you!

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