Oysters for Valentine's Day

Pacific Seafood Chef Offers Insight Into the Mollusk's Aphrodisiac Qualities and Popularity

Portland, Oregon, UNITED STATES

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - February 7, 2008) - With its aphrodisiac reputation, it's no wonder oyster consumption spikes in the U.S. during the days leading up to Valentine's Day! Even Casanova himself was an alleged fan of the bivalve mollusks.

Pacific Seafood, a family owned seafood company based in the Western United States, processes and distributes a wide variety of oysters, including its popular "Sea Rock" variety, throughout the country and internationally. Today, oysters are more popular than ever and Pacific Seafood has expanded over the years to meet the growing demand. The company's strict quality control, combined with dedicated shellfish handling areas, assure optimal conditions from harvest to end user.

The Romans first cultivated oysters over 2,000 years ago (King Henry IV was said to eat 400 oysters before dinner). For centuries oysters have been linked to the topic of libido.

"Studies have shown that oysters are rich in rare amino acids that trigger increased levels of sex hormones, which may offer insight into why oysters on the half shell are a particularly popular item for Valentine's dinners," said Pacific Seafood chef Gary Puetz. "An oyster appetizer served with white wine is not only the start of a wonderful meal, but the precursor to an interesting evening."

About Pacific Seafood

Pacific Seafood Group launched in 1941 in Portland, Ore. as a small, fresh seafood retail counter operation. Over the years, Pacific Seafood has expanded operations to meet customer needs and a growing market to include all operations from dock to dinner table. For more information visit: www.pacificseafood.com.

Contact Information: Media Contact: Heather Gleason heather@lanepr.com 503.546.7878