Oyster vs. oyster

Biologically, the principal difference between a triploid and a diploid oyster is an extra set of chromosomes, which renders the former virtually sterile. That means during the summer spawning season the triploid does not release gametes, or sperm and eggs, into the water, keeping it meatier and plumper than the diploid. A diploid can lose up to 60 percent of its body weight during spawning, rendering it watery and tasteless. — Tim Carman

Biologically, the principal difference between a triploid and a diploid oyster is an extra set of chromosomes, which renders the former virtually sterile. That means during the summer spawning season the triploid does not release gametes, or sperm and eggs, into the water, keeping it meatier and plumper than the diploid. A diploid can lose up to 60 percent of its body weight during spawning, rendering it watery and tasteless. — Tim Carman
Washington Post photos. Susana Sanchez. Published on July 31, 2012, 1:05 p.m.
 
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