Oysters are one of the most popular seafood delicacies worldwide.
They have been consumed for centuries and are considered a luxury food item by many. However, not all oysters are created equal. The Sea Islands are known for producing some of the best oysters in the world. These islands, which include St. Simons Island, have a unique environment that contributes to the distinct taste of their oysters.
The islands are surrounded by salt marshes, which act as natural filters for the water that nourishes the oysters. This results in a clean and nutrient-rich environment, perfect for oyster cultivation.
In addition to the water quality, the tides and currents of the Atlantic Ocean also contribute to the flavor profile of our oysters. The constant ebb and flow of the tides 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.
What makes it Oyster Season?
It is often said that oysters should only be eaten during months with the letter “R” in them, which means September through April. This tradition has been passed down for generations and is still practiced by many to this day.
When oysters are taken out of the water, the heat exposes them to dangerous bacteria. Fishermen harvest them in months with “r” in the name because air and water temperatures are cooler during those times. Although refrigeration is now prominent, nobody wants food poisoning, so locals know when is the best time to consume them. Colder water temperatures also promote a firmer texture, which many connoisseurs find preferable.
Enjoy these eateries on St. Simons Island with oysters on the menu:
- Dorothy’s Cocktail & Oyster Bar is an upscale restaurant on St. Simon’s Island, serving raw fresh seafood and other coastal cuisine. For more information, click HERE.
- The Half Shell is a casual, family-friendly restaurant with contemporary coastal American cuisine. For more information, click HERE.
- Catch 228 offers classics like oysters and crab cakes served in a laid-back restaurant with outdoor seats. For more information, click HERE.