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lyndalou 04-30-2012 08:08 AM

Oyster Months???
 
A friend loves oysters, but will not eat them on the half shell if the month does not have an "R" in it? She says they are not edible at that time eaten raw. Is this true or a myth?

Bacardi1 04-30-2012 08:27 AM

It's not that they're "inedible" during non-"R" months, just that non-"R" months fall during the late spring & summer months (May, June, July, & August) when oysters are spawning. While they're perfectly edible, spawning does have an effect on the texture & flavor of the oyster. The meat is softer, & the flavor is sort of bland & milky. This is more apparent when they're eaten raw.

CraigC 04-30-2012 08:33 AM

Probably originated around the Chesapeake Bay area. I know my family believes it. They are from Maryland. Being that the water is much warmer during the late spring and summer months, I guess bacteria levels are up and the risk is greater. Considering oysters from cold waters would not be subject to the "saying", it must be a regional thing.

Addie 04-30-2012 08:44 AM

I have always considered it a bunch of hogwash. But Barcardi is right. The same thing goes for shrimp, lobsters, etc. With shellfish, they are not only spawning, but also adding more rings to their shells so the have room to grow. Shrimp, lobsters shed their shells and are water logged and the meat has no flavor. :chef:

CWS4322 04-30-2012 09:27 AM

The "rule" dates back before refrigeration--they would spoil quickly once harvested. Now that refrigeration is the norm, oysters can be eaten year around.

Margi Cintrano 04-30-2012 11:30 AM

Good Evening,

Thanks for posting ... Very Interesting Post.

In both Spain and Italia, this piece of advice is very common; May, June, July, August one should not eat oysters ...

Our Oyster Season is Thanksgiving time through end of Februrary.

Have nice evening.
Margi.

jennyema 04-30-2012 02:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CWS4322 (Post 1133539)
The "rule" dates back before refrigeration--they would spoil quickly once harvested. Now that refrigeration is the norm, oysters can be eaten year around.

+1 Thats exactly right

Its perfectly fine to eat raw oysters year round now.

Its much more important to get them from a reliable source than to worry about the time of year you are eating tehm in.

lyndalou 04-30-2012 02:31 PM

Thanks, everyone. I'll pass this on.

Claire 04-30-2012 08:08 PM

Bacardi mentioned what I'd learned, not only that they weren't quite as good, but that it was best to let the oyster fields alone while spawning to help keep the supply going.

Dawgluver 04-30-2012 08:10 PM

That's what I read too. They're much "thinner" during spawning season. They're tired!


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