NC Oyster Season Returns With Changes

Despite a recent local death from eating them, popularity and variety surges thanks to technology and testing improvements.

Long-time coastal Southerners have likely heard the adage about when to eat oysters — during months that contain the letter ‘R.’ But changes to the oyster industry have made the rules a bit more complex.

Oysters are booming globally, aquaculture is now making some varieties available year round, and merroir (like terrior for wine) is a burgeoning foodie term. Of course, some oyster traditions remain. The North Carolina season is generally considered to be October to March, and wild oysters can be harvested in approved state waters beginning Tuesday.

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