Louisiana Oyster Trail
Take a trip on the Louisiana Oyster Trail! The Jefferson Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. and the Louisiana Tourism Recovery Program created the Louisiana Oyster Trail in 2012. The trail is an experience focusing on Jefferson Parish restaurants serving Louisiana Oysters! Visitors and locals alike will experience local flavor, and as “lagniappe” (a little something extra) get to enjoy the whimsy of each participating restaurant’s 3-foot tall oyster sculpture hand-painted with flair by a local artist!
Presently the Trail has 20 participating restaurants and businesses and continues to grow which means more great oyster eateries are showcased and more Louisiana oysters are eaten in a variety of ways! The Louisiana Oyster Trail spans the parish extending from restaurants in the metropolitan areas surrounding Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River all the way to the Gulf of Mexico in Grand Isle!
Many of the participating chefs have provided recipes to whet your appetite…trust us, once you “sample” one of these great recipes, you will want more!
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Learn more about our tasty trail in the below video!
Pearls of Wisdom:
- Oyster harvest numbers are at about 12 million pounds of shucked oysters annually...Louisiana is the country's number one producer!
- Eat Oysters Love Longer...Oysters have always been linked with love. When Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, sprang forth from the sea on an oyster shell and promptly gave birth to Eros, the word "aphrodisiac" was born!
- There's a Pearl in my Oyster... An oyster produces a pearl when foreign material becomes trapped inside the shell. The oyster responds to the irritation by producing a combination of calcium and protein. This combination is known as 'nacre', which coats the foreign material and over time produces a pearl!
Health Benefits of Oysters:
- One of the most nutritionally well balanced foods
- Low in fat, calories, and cholesterol
- High in protein, iron, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, zinc, copper, iodine, potassium, selenium, and vitamin A,E,C, and B12
- Protein makes you feel fuller after eating
- Heart healthy
- Aid in weight loss
- Boost metabolic activity
- Increase tissue repair and growth
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Reduce blood pressure
- Improve immune functions
- Aid in wound healing
- Promote healthy growth
- Powerful aphrodisiac
- Can improve blood circulation
- Increase bone strength to reduce osteoporosis
- Stimulate hair growth
- Improve your energy
Benefits of Oysters to the Environment:
- Valves in oysters can actually cleanse the entire ecosystem of pollutants and are a major benefit to the environment
- Adult oysters are capable of filtering 25-50 gallons of water a day
- Filtered water helps with the growth of seagrass
- Seagrass is a feeding & breeding ground for other species such as rockfish and blue crabs
- Oyster reefs help shelter fish and crabs
Would your restaurant like to participate in the Louisiana Oyster Trail?
If you are a local Jefferson Parish restaurant serving Louisiana oysters and are interested in being a part of the Louisiana Oyster Trail, contact the JCVB office at 504-731-7083. Artists interested in the program are required to complete an application. Please visit our Oyster Trail Artist Application.
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