Okay, maybe it’s a leap of faith but ….*
Babies in particular love oysters, especially babies that can’t yet fight back. I’m talking babies at least six months to one year old to be on the safe side.*
Take this baby for example. While he’s chewing, he’s contemplating the nutritional value of the oyster, a mere 41 calories and a good source of Vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorous, protein, Vitamin B 12, iron, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. He’ll grow up to big and strong, be a fisherman or an astronaut.
Applesauce and pureed peas are fine for a baby, but really, shouldn’t mothers also be concerned with developing baby’s taste buds, imbuing him with an educated palate and igniting a lifelong passion for the finer things in life?
If handled properly mightn’t baby’s first words be “Tiffany,” “Lafite Rothschild,” “Louis Vuitton” or “Roth IRA.” Why not? Any baby that learns to appreciate oysters, well, the world is her pearl forevermore.
Start baby with Kumamoto’s, one of the plumpest, sweetest and mildest flavored oysters. Kummies (not to be confused with kusshi’s), as they are affectionately called around the sandbox, originated in Kyshu, Japan but are now grown all along the western shores of North America. Best of both worlds too, mom. Kumamoto’s, are organic and sustainable, good for baby and good for the world baby will inherit.
And mom, if you are concerned about shucking junior’s oyster, check out this video. See, it’s as easy as pie. Practice makes perfect, of course, by your one hundredth oyster, you’ll have it down cold.
Some of the best Kumamoto’s are grown by Hog Island Oyster Company in northern California, Oregon Oyster Farms in Newport, and Taylor Shellfish on Puget Sound in Washington.
Another thing to consider is that babies are allowed in bars, oyster bars, that is. This one in particular loves babies.
Hog Island Oyster Bar at the Ferry Building in San Francisco affords sweeping Bay views, top notch service and perfect Kumamoto’s for baby to tooth on.
* Please check with your pediatrician before feeding baby any raw shellfish.