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Oysters and R Months


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Oysters and R Months

Jambalaya | Jun 2, 2003 02:45 PM

At the risk of re-igniting this old debate I am going to put this question to the board. I realize the old wives tale/urban legend said you were not supposed to eat them in a month with no R supposedly from a refrigeration standpoint. Due to the wonders of modern technology we really don't have to worry about that angle any longer.

One of my friends who likes cooking as much as I do and is a pretty well read cook was claiming another reason for eating them only in an R month. Supposedly the summer is when they are mating, reproducing or whatever you call it that oysters do to make little oysters. During this period the little devils are not as meaty as they would be at the other times of the year when they are just kicked back, hanging around the bay, not getting into trouble. Does anyone know if there is any truth to this line of thinking? I have been in New Orleans eating oysters during each of the 4 seasons and haven't really noticed much difference. I'm not going to stop eating them at this time of year, but am just curious if there is any firm scientific basis to this theory.


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