Sorry to burst your oyster-eating bubble, but you actually shouldn’t be consuming the shellfish during the summer.
Turns out, there’s an old rule that oysters should not be eaten during months that do not contain the letter “R.” So that’s May, June, July, and August, which I was under the impression was the required time of year to eat oysters at every meal.
This idea comes from the fact that red tides, which are large blooms of algae that collect along coastlines, occur during warm weather and spread toxins that can be absorbed by shellfish, mainly oysters. But don’t freak out just yet. According to The New York Times, you’re only at risk if you eat locally harvested shellfish. Most shellfish in restaurants and supermarkets are commercially harvested, which means the are strictly regulated by law to be safe for eating. Also, lots of restaurants take extra precautions and import their oysters from cold weather places. Phew.
So, basically, don’t go out to the beach and find your own oysters, but feel free to order 10 rounds of those $1 oysters at happy hour from your fave seafood restaurant.
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