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Subject: Spawn (biology), Diversity of fish, Fish kill, Ichthyoplankton, Fish reproduction
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For the alternate meaning of "milt" as "spleen", see spleen. Milt is also the abbreviation for the orchid genus Miltonia.

Milt is the seminal fluid of fish, mollusks, and certain other water-dwelling animals who reproduce by spraying this fluid which contains the sperm, onto roe (fish eggs).

Milt as food

Milt or soft roe also refers to the male genitalia of fish when they contain sperm, used as food.

In many cuisines, milt is served fried.

In Russian cuisine, herring milt (молока, "Moloka") pickled the same way as the rest of the fish, but eaten separately, sometimes combined with pickled herring roe.

In Japanese cuisine, the milt (白子 shirako 'white children') of cod (tara), anglerfish (ankō), salmon (sake), squid (ika) and pufferfish (fugu) are a delicacy.

In Sicilian cuisine, the milt of tuna is called "Lattume" and is used as a typical pasta topping.

In Romanian cuisine, the milt of carp and other fresh water fish is called "Lapți" (from the Latin word "Lactes") and is usually fried.

A lot of cultures eat milt but it's usually not served as its own dish.

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