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While some oysters have two sexes (European Oyster & Olympia Oyster), their reproductive organs contain both eggs and sperm. Which means it is technically possible for an oyster to fertilize its own egg. That is what you call survival of the fittest!
There is no way of telling male oysters from females by looking at their shells. Oysters do have separate sexes, however they seem to never make up their mind and may change sex one or more times during their life cycle. That could make an interesting dinner conversation.
The five oyster species cultivated commercially in North America are:
- Eastern Crassostrea virginica – large, briny, firm
- Pacific Crassostrea gigas – large, soft, sweet, with cucumber
- Kumamoto Crassostrea sikamea – small, creamy, hints of melon
- European flat Ostrea edulis – medium, metallic, trace of caviar and/or hazelnut
- Olympia Ostrea conchaphila – tiny, coppery, and smoky
The female oyster can produce up to 100 million eggs annually. The eggs become fertilized in the water and become larvae. That’s a busy woman!
When the female’s egg becomes fertilized in the water, larvae develops. This larvae swims about looking for a place to settle and attach. Sometimes larvae even attach to other oyster shells.
Once young oyster larvae attaches itself to something to grow on, they are called spat.
Oysters do contain dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps to govern brain activity and influence sexual desire in men and women. The passions produced from raw oysters, some have suggested, is linked to high levels of zinc and complex sugars and proteins.
Find out the top 10 aphrodisiac foods here. Then plan your next date to involve oysters!
Oysters can live 20-30 years depending on the species. Sometimes longer depending on the environment!
So who is better? Canada or Washington? If Prince Edward Island had the same salinity and temperature as Washington, it could produce ten times the amount farmed in Washington. But, alas, Washington produces a wee bit more.
But what about Canada eh!?! The most oysters produced in Canada are on Prince Edward Island. Learn more about PEI and book your trip to see it first hand. PEI
Olympia oysters are the smallest oysters growing a little more than 1.25″ every 4-5 years. Find out more about Olympia Oysters here.