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What's In Season: Oysters

What's In Season: Oysters

Oysters are best consumed in months containing the letter R (DecembeR, JanuaRy, FebRuaRy). This is because they spawn during the summer months and become soft and fatty as they grow. The cold water makes the oysters plump and luscious for harvesting in the winter. Reject those that do not have tightly closed shells or that don't snap shut when tapped.

The smaller the oyster is, the younger and more tender it will be. Fresh, shucked oysters are available at grocery stores and should be chubby, uniform in size, have good color, smell fresh and be packaged in clear - not cloudy - liquid.

Oysters are high in calcium, niacin and iron, as well as a good source of protein. Read more about the various types of oysters or make oysters with spinach and tarragon butter.

Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
I have always loved oysters, but I recently gained a whole new appreciation of them after having a meal where different raw varieties were presented in a tasting menu, like wine. I never realized the different types had so many different flavors. Incredible.
YaoMing YaoMing 10 years
Ah - but how many can you eat in one sitting? Houston Rockets Center #11 Recuperation after fracture
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
JK-Boogie JK-Boogie 10 years
I love Oysters...I order then wherever there are sold....I did not realise I would only order them in season...thanks Yum
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