At the beginning, at the very beginning, who ate the first oyster?

My hypothesis is this: the man did not eat oysters until he discovered the fire.

Otherwise, what a crazy idea to have fun opening a stone.

Maybe a prehistoric man one day wanting to barbecue, piled up a few stones to install the brazier, and accidentally some pebbles from the beach got encrusted, opening under the effect of the heat .

The hot oyster was born ....

Joking aside, the oyster has been eaten since the beginning of time, we have proof of this by interposed fossils.

The Greeks. They invented Dionysus, banquets and the aphrodisiac virtues of the oyster.

And the lid of the oyster served as a ballot: the name of the person they wanted to ban from the city was written on it.

Hence the term ostracism from the Greek "ostracon" which means shell. The Romans reveled in flat oysters. They gave it the sweet name of "callibléphares" that is to say "Beautiful Eyes".

In medieval times, the oyster was both a poor man's dish for coastal populations and prized by the urban nobility who began to keep them in ice.

During the Renaissance, the oyster became queen in all of Paris: Gargantuan dinners can serve up to 150 oysters per person ...

Louis XIV had them come from Cancale every day on horseback. Paris has 2,000 scales and it is because of the delay of one of these shipments that the king's cook, François Vatel, who gave his name to the current hotel schools, put an end to his life.

Jean de la Fontaine dedicates a fable to him: "The rat and the oyster" which ends with the famous "such is caught who thought he took".

In the Enlightenment, Casanova did not stop consuming it, up to twelve dozen for breakfast, it is always said.

At the start of the 19th century, it became a trendy street food dish, coveted from Paris to London to New York.

In 1860, the small port of Whitstable, in the south of England, transported 50 million tonnes of it to London.

In 1900, New Yorkers consumed a million of them every day! Its industrialization is controversial, not only because it leads to the extinction of the genre, but also because it is children who are in charge of their harvest, as shown in the photos of Lewis Hine at the beginning of the 20th century. / p>

What we find on the history of the oyster is crazy!