Did You Say Moysters?

Last week in the library, I discussed the different types of food served at the First Thanksgiving with the kindergarten class. Were there grocery stores? No! The Pilgrims and Native Americans ate what came from land and water. There were no mashed potatoes or jellied cranberries, but there were mussels, clams, and oysters.

“Moysters! What are moysters?” a kindergartener wanted to know.

Aha! A teaching moment. I pulled the “O” encyclopedia off the shelf.  

“They’re called oysters,” I said, “and they look like this.”


When the class wanted to know how you eat them, I told them you shuck the oyster and you can eat them raw or cooked.


Okay, there are no oceans in the Midwest. So leave the moysters off the Thanksgiving menu. Enjoy turkey, mashed potatoes, and jellied cranberries. 

Who knew the Pilgrims and Native Americans were such gourmands. If you’re looking for a true delicacy, try some oysters today. From beginning to end, here are oysters made to perfection!  

Unshucked Oysters

Raw Oysters


Oysters Bienville

“He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.” — Jonathan Swift
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