In addition to being a sought-after delicacy, oysters are considered an aphrodisiac, largely due to their rich baritone voices and candlelit shells. Broaden your bivalve backlog with today's Groupon: for $44, you get 48 fresh live oysters delivered anywhere in the United States from Hood Canal Seafood (a $93 total value with shipping).
Hood Canal's family of mollusk miners has farmed succulent shell-jelly from the crystal-clear waters of its Seabeck fjord for six years. Grown in a pristine fresh- and saltwater estuary, the 48 small Tekiu Point oysters, each 3.5 inches–4.5 inches long, are plucked from the sandy beaches and packaged the same day. After a quick postal jaunt, the barnacled pearl-purses arrive on the platters of eager half-shell enthusiasts within days, shipped in box liners amid cold packs to preserve their fresh flavors. Hood Canal's careful selection process avoids the wildly varying quality that so often afflicts pistachios or clothing gifts from colorblind relatives.