Winter Oysters

Winter Oysters

From October through March, oysters are at their absolute best in terms of taste and quality. So, if you're a fan of these delectable mollusks, now is the perfect time to indulge in their briny goodness!

What Makes Winter the Best Time for Oysters?

During the colder months, oysters go into a state of hibernation. The oysters' focus shifts from reproduction in the summer to building up their reserves for the winter. During the winter months, oysters have accumulated more glycogen, a type of sugar made internally from carbohydrates. As a result, winter oysters are known for being sweeter and richer flavor, and the fattest you'll see them all year. New Year's Eve and just after is prime time for oysters!

Are Oysters Safe to Eat Year Round?

While oysters are safe to eat year round if they come from a permitted shellfish farm, there are certain factors that make winter the prime time for enjoying them. The colder water temperatures during winter help reduce the risk of harmful bacteria, such as Vibrio vulnificus, which can be more prevalent in warmer months. Additionally, oyster reproduction (spawning) is triggered by warmer water in the summer months, so oysters harvested in the winter tend to have a lower risk of containing sperm or eggs, which can affect their taste and texture.

How to Enjoy Winter Oysters

Now that you know why winter is the prime time to eat oysters, it's time to savor their deliciousness. Whether you prefer them raw, grilled, or in a classic oyster stew, there are countless ways to enjoy these oceanic delicacies. Pair them with a squeeze of lemon, a dash of hot sauce, or a mignonette sauce for an extra burst of flavor. Or just eat them plain to truly taste the uniqueness of each oyster. Don't forget to savor each bite, appreciating the unique taste and texture that only winter oysters can offer.

Remember, winter is the prime time to satisfy your oyster cravings, so dive in and enjoy! Shipping available across the USA from Swinomish Shellfish Co. & Skagit Shellfish Farms.

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