Consequences of Texas’ drought.
In an average year as the rain falls in North and Central Texas it flows through the various rivers, hits the Gulf of Mexico and mixes with the saltwater in the bays resulting in premium conditions under which our state’s oysters reproduce, grow big and prepare to be transformed into glorious fried oyster po boys drenched in remoulade.
But this year is far from average. We are in an unprecedented drought.
Along with all the attendant heartbreak that comes with Texas being bone dry we are about to lose one of our state’s great treasures: The oyster harvest.
This is following hard on the heels of 2008’s Hurricane Ike which ruined that year’s oyster harvest by burying the estuary-bound oysters under a thick blanket of mud.
That oyster po boy you had your mouth all screwed up for in November? It’s going to cost you.
By some estimates prices could rise above $12 per pound.
We’ve planned our annual visit to New Orleans Ponderosa Stomp accordingly making mental notes to eat several pounds of oysters per day.