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Oysters in "R" months?

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Oysters in "R" months?

I have heard that it is only safe to eat oysters in NOLA in months that contain the letter "R"..ie: Jan, Feb, March, April, Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec. Is this true? If it is, I am truly sad as I am going to NOLA for the first time in May ;-(

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1. Re: Oysters in "R" months?

This is an old wives' tale from the days before refrigeration:


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2. Re: Oysters in "R" months?

Alice has already provided information, which is quite correct, on the source of the "old wives Tale."

You should be aware, however, that there is potential danger in eating raw seafood, esecially oysters, for people with some chronic illnesses and/or immunocompromising conditions. Vibrio Vulnificus is a fast-moving and often deadly bacterial infection, which is sometimes found in gulf seafoods during the warmer months.


Edited: 22 November 2011, 12:46
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3. Re: Oysters in "R" months?

alice and rod said it all.....i have them whenever i can get them...but you do see casamentos close down for june,july, and august.

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4. Re: Oysters in "R" months?

We had some glorious plump salty ones at Casamento's Saturday night. Wish I had another dozen right now!!

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If you're not immuno-compromised, your chances of problems with raw oysters from VV are negligible.

If you are immuno-compromised, you should already know you don't have any business eating ANY raw or under-cooked seafood, regardless of the time of year. I work with a large number of immuno-compromised patients and we always educate them about this.

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6. Re: Oysters in "R" months?

Funny...Casamento's is the first place I thought of when I saw this thread. I eat oysters year-round, but I like the fact that Casamento's sticks to its "we only want to serve 'em when they're at their best" policy and closes for the summer. Makes their re-opening in September kinda like Christmas...with oysters.

You can find oysters year-round at Luke (one of John Besh's restaurant) -- I think they still have a .25/oyster happy hour.

Other good oyster bars....Pascal's Manale, Acme, Felix's, Desire at the Royal Sonesta.

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