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Why should oysters be eaten only in months that have "R's"in their name?

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This common misconception more than likely has its roots in the era before modern refrigeration. Oysters, like most seafood, spoil quickly if left unrefrigerated. If properly cooled, oysters are safe to consume throughout the year. Health authorities recommend holding live oysters, in shell, at 50 F. Another explanation for the 'R' rule is that oysters spawn during the summer months and thus are more watery and less flavorful.

SOURCE: Donn Ward, Ph.D., Joyce Taylor, and David Green, Ph.D., Department of Food Science, NC State University

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