For the Love of Pearl
I love pearls. I love its unique luster and its admirable shapes especially those pearl that are perfectly round and smooth. Beautiful pearls are produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. I learned from reading Wikipedia that almost any shelled mollusk can, by natural processes, produce some kind of "pearl" when an irritating microscopic object becomes trapped within the mollusk's mantle folds, but virtually none of these "pearls" are considered to be gemstones. The most desirable pearls are produced by two groups of molluscan bivalves or clams. One family lives in the sea: the pearl oysters. These are saltwater clams. I think pearl oysters are not closely related to the edible oysters. Do you eat Oysters? A lot of people, including myself loves to eat Oysters. I must say that everybody must be careful in their consumption of raw Gulf oysters because consumption of raw or undercooked oysters by at-risk individuals may cause serious illness or even death from Vibrio vulnificus bacteria. Vibrio vulnificus is a gram-negative bacterium that occurs naturally in warm, unpolluted seawater. It is better to always be safe than sorry. I learned from Beoysteraware.com that transmission of this bacteria to humans occurs through either direct consumption of raw, undercooked or non-depurated seafood or of wounds to contaminated seawater. Although Oysters are so delicious and offers more health benefits, we can't put our health at risk. Anyone can still enjoy tasty oyster as long as he is oyster aware. Beoysteraware.com is doing a great job in their dedication to educate the oyster consuming public. Anyone can check their website. They provides a thorough background on Vibrio vulnificus and the health conditions that place an individual in the at-risk category,. They also have great tasting Oyster recipes for everyone and great information about products with reduced risk for all consumers to enjoy, including at-risk consumers.