Know your Stuff - Caviar Types

There are several types, and several qualities, of Caviar available on the market today, the most famous (and usually the most expensive) being Beluga.

 

KC Ethical Baerii Caviar

Our sustainable, ethical Caviar comes from our magnificent Siberian Sturgeon, Acipenser Baerii. Cousin to the Russian Sturgeon, Baerii holds its own among the finest - a fine-grained, elegant Caviar with colours ranging from black/grey to a tawnier brown. The aromatic, silky pearls offer a tantalising blend of flavours - a hint of the seaside, a subtle earthiness and a creamy nuttiness to finish which varies slightly from batch to batch.

We have over 400 of these wonderful Baerii Sturgeon, most of whom are around 12 years old and weigh between 20-25 kg. We have also started our own breeding programme, in which we are hoping to rear 20-30,000 fish a year.

In the Wild (IUCN Status): Endangered

 

Beluga

Beluga Caviar comes from the Beluga (Latin name Huso Huso), the largest freshwater fish on Earth, and now also the most endangered. If permitted to live a full natural life, a Beluga can survive to 100 years and more.

Beluga eggs are the largest in size with a smooth, buttery texture and a rich, subtle flavour. The lightest coloured is the most sought after and is graded highest (000), commanding prices in the thousands for 100g. Then you have medium toned (00) and darker toned (0).

We have 40 of these amazing fish - almost 2m in length and weighing around 90kg.

In the Wild (IUCN Status): Critically Endangered 

 

Oscietra

From Russian Sturgeon, Oscietra  (also known as Osetra or Ossetra) is usually black or tawny brown in colour with medium grains and a sweet almond flavour.

We will begin stocking Russian Sturgeon in the next 12-15 months for inclusion in our breeding programme.

In the Wild (IUCN Status): Critically Endangered

 

Sevruga

Sevruga comes from Acipenser Stellatus, the Stellate sturgeon. Dark grey in colour, Sevruga Caviar is considerably smaller in size with a crisper shell and a more intense flavour. Sevruga sturgeon reproduce faster and are shorter-lived and smaller than the other two varieties, making them a favourite with small farmers because they offer a good return. Equally, their Caviar is generally cheaper than Oscietra or Beluga.

Our beautiful Stellatus Sturgeon are around 1.5m in length.

In the Wild (IUCN Status): Critically Endangered

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