All About the Female Lobster

All About The Female Lobster

Many people are interested in learning more about the female lobster. Rumor has it that these lobsters are a bit sweeter in taste and therefore may be a hot commodity not only in the lobster arena but also in the restaurant business. However, this myth has yet to be proven by experts. Regardless of their specific taste in the kitchen, there are multiple need-to-know facts about the female lobster. Therefore, throughout the remainder of this article we will explore the top five facts about the female lobster that everyone should know.

About the female lobster: Fact #1

This first fact aims at assisting with distinguishing the female lobster from the male lobster. One key way to distinguish the sex of the lobster is by examination of their swimmerets. The first pair of swimmerets on the male lobster appears to be hard, while they are soft on female lobsters. Furthermore, female lobster tails are frequently a bit broader and flatter than those of male lobsters. However, this does not mean they contain more meat.

About the female lobster: Fact #2

Many people enjoy eating roe, which is also known as lobster caviar (lobster eggs). Obviously roe is only found within female lobsters, but are not present in males. This is the only known culinary difference between male and female lobsters that would make a customer prefer one to the other. (Unless of course they fall for the sweetness myth examined above!)

About the female lobster: Fact #3

Female lobsters tend to produce around ten thousand eggs when fertile. These eggs are actually housed under the tail of the female lobster. Furthermore, these lobster eggs are carried (by being attached to the tail by something that resembles glue) for almost one whole year. Despite their production of thousands of eggs, only about one percent actually live to be adults.

About the female lobster: Fact #4

If you notice a clump of red balls that are located on the inside of the lobster tail you are actually holding a “pregnant” lobster. These balls are immature eggs that have yet to be released to being hidden under the tail. This is where the above caviar is retrieved for human consumption.

About the female lobster: Fact #5

These female lobsters are also known as hens. Furthermore, she is only able to mate after she sheds her exterior shell, which is also frequently known as molting. From here she actually makes the first move and goes toward the male den, making the female lobster proactive in the mating process. She is the one who picks her mate, not the other way around.

As you can see, these female lobsters appear to have zero additions in terms of flavoring or amount of meat within the lobster tail when it comes to culinary purposes; however, anyone wishing to partake in lobster caviar will definitely be more interested in female lobsters than the male version. Despite their similarities in the kitchen, these female lobsters are very distinct within their natural habitat. Female lobsters seek out their mates and take their “pick of the litter.” These hens (female lobsters) are therefore very proactive in the lobster arena and have around ten thousand immature eggs at one time but only produces about one percent of those into the adult population. Now you know all you need to know about the female lobster!

 

 

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