While October means the end of the warm season for many, for others, it marks the beginning of oyster season, a tradition that has its roots in ancient Rome.

The fall oyster-eating season—months ending in “er”—spawned from an old belief that oysters weren’t edible in summer. Indeed, in the 18th and 19th centuries, sales of the slippery mollusk were banned in New York City, which in its day, counted oyster cultivation among its chief industries.

Now, of course, oysters are safely enjoyed throughout the summer, but for diehards, the fall hails a tradition that’s as enduring as shedding white linens after Labor Day. So what's the best way to enjoy them throughout the autumn season? The options are endless.