Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ocean City NJ Vacation, Oysters

Your Ocean City NJ vacation, may well include plans for eating oysters.  And why not?  You will be visiting the Jersey Shore and that makes many guests of the Scarborough Inn Bed and Breakfast think, seafood!

The good news is that a local bivalve, called Cape May Salts, is making a comeback after suffering a decline that began in the 1950s and lasted for 40 years.  In 1997, Atlantic Capes Fisheries, in cooperation with Rutgers University, began cultivating selectively-bred, disease-resistant oysters in our local waters.  The resulting Cape May Salt Oyster has been praised in the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times, and by the Slow Foods USA organization.

The oysters are described by devotees as small and round, "filling pearlescent cups" with a flavor that is, "delicately fruity, washed with a hint of seawater salt."  A squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a mignonette ( a sauce of vinegar, pepper, and herbs) are suggested accompaniments.

If your mouth is watering, talk to us during your next visit to the Scarborough Inn and we'll help you locate these delectable tastes of the Jersey Shore in a local restaurant or fish market.  Or contact, Atlantic Capes and they will ship you a box of 100 Cape May Salts to enjoy at home!

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