Where did the myth come from that you can only eat oysters in months that have an “r”? Very simply this came from the days before refrigeration and oysters would quickly spoil. Yet even today there is another good reason to stick to fall, winter, and spring for your oyster forays, particularly when eating raw oysters. Oysters spawn in the warm summer months, usually May through August, although natural Gulfwater oysters can spawn year-round due to the warm waters. Spawning causes them to become fatty, watery, soft, and less flavorful instead of having the more desirable lean, firm texture and bright seafood flavor of those harvested in cooler, non-spawning months. So enjoy these delicacies of the sea now, in these cooler months. Savannah is teeming with great seafood restaurants serving up buckets of these tasty treats!