A bushel of oysters typically weighs between 45 and 60 pounds and contains 100 to 150 oysters. The amount of oysters in a bushel is determined by the size of the oysters. Bushels often feed four to six people.
By transporting water through their gills, oysters help to filter water in their surroundings. Oysters filter plankton and other particles out of the water they drink by drawing it over their gills. Oysters frequently congregate in banks or reefs, which provide as habitat for other species. The Chesapeake Bay used to have the greatest oyster population in the United States, but owing to overfishing, the population has declined. Oysters can also be found in considerable numbers in Washington’s Willapa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico along the shores of Florida and Texas.
Tongs and scrapers are used by oyster fishermen to collect oysters from their beds. Oyster festivals are celebrated every year in the United Kingdom, and they are a popular delicacy all around the world. Oysters became popular among the working class in the United States in the 1900s, especially in New York City. They’re commonly seen on restaurant menus and can be eaten raw, steamed, roasted, broiled, fried, or smoked, though some people are allergic to raw oysters.