The Lowcountry boasts a distinct environment that contributes to the taste of our oysters.
Our salt marshes act as natural filters for the water that nourishes these bivalves. The tides and currents also contribute to our oyster population. Tides ebb and flow and provide a consistent supply of oxygen, which is essential for the oysters’ growth and development. These tidal patterns also create a mix of freshwater and saltwater, adding to the complexity of flavors found in these unique delicacies.
So what makes it Oyster Season?
The reason for this is when oysters are taken out of the water, the heat can expose them to dangerous bacteria. That’s why fishermen harvest them in months with an “R” in the name, as the air and water temperatures are cooler during those times. Even though we have refrigeration now, no one wants to risk food poisoning!
Not only is it safer, but oysters also have a better texture during this time. The colder water temperatures promote a firmer texture, which is preferred by many oyster lovers.
We love oyster roasts!
With fall comes cooler temperatures. It’s a perfect time to spend a cool evening in front of an open fire or grill, waiting for the shelled product to be roasted and later shucked.
One of the most appealing aspects of an oyster roast is its communal nature. It’s a social event, where friends and family gather to enjoy good food and company. There are festivals and fundraisers held around oyster roasts that bring together the community. Many restaurants offer roasts and also have local oysters on their menus.
Enjoy these eateries in Beaufort known for their oysters:
- Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant: Oysters and other seafood classics are the specialty of this beachy, low-key cafe and bar. For more information, click HERE.
- Ladys Island Dockside: Buzzing, waterfront bar/eatery with a nautical motif and Southern seafood meals, plus outdoor seating. For more information, click HERE.
- Fishcamp on 11th Street: Nautical seafood restaurant and bar with outdoor dining, overlooking shrimp fishing port.