By Erin Laytham Lentz
Whether you love them or hate them, oysters are a Lowcountry delicacy. Oyster season is upon us in the Lowcountry and we know this with the subtropical, humid climate along the South Carolina coast. These tidal variety oysters live in shallower areas along the coast, as well as in the salt marshes. Paddling among the Broad Creek is an easy place spot oysters. The temperature of the air dictates the temperature of the shallow water where oysters dwell. Oysters are too risky to eat in the summer months due to a rise in water temperature and the surrounding bacteria. The general rule is, oysters are safe to eat in any month ending in “R” plus Jan/Feb. This marks the kick off of oyster season and an exciting time for oyster lovers. Aside from oysters being an important industry for coastal communities, they also taste delicious and even have many nutritional benefits. People in the coastal areas associate oysters season with the cooler months into winter.