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Remember the days of simple caviar? The best caviar came from the Caspian Sea – no question. There were three sizes and only a handful of grades- Osetra, Sevruga, and Beluga. Russian was great, and Iranian was the best. Need an inexpensive banquet or garnish option? Buy Paddlefish or Hackleback. Done… That was it! Other than trusting your caviar connection and bringing your wallet, it was all plain and simple. Over the past 5 years, the caviar world has changed completely, but that is not a bad thing! Caviar today is excellent, accessible, sustainable, and best of all, AFFORDABLE!! It’s complicated… but have no fear. Here are a few of SeafoodS.com’s quick and easy guidelines to purchasing the world’s finest caviar without any headaches. We are here to be your trusted advisor!

1)      Most Caviar Today Is Farmed – It’s OK. Today’s farms are state-of-the-art. Sustainability practices use incredible attention to detail and each year’s production carries its own special flavor profile. Each individual harvest is hand-graded to exact specifications.
2)      Know The Species – Caviar’s branded labeling today can be confusing. Read the label. Which species is it? There are only a few. Keep in mind, all imports from Russia and Iran have been banned here in the US. Be wary of any label with the word “Caspian” on it. The same goes for wild Chinese imports…
3)      TraceabilityEvery importer is required by Federal Law to have a CITES Permit to guarantee species, A “Certificate of Origin” that guarantees where the caviar was harvested, and a “Labeling Report” that shows the harvest date. You should be able to trace the container of caviar you have by a “lot number” which refers back to the supplier’s legal documentation. This is also required by the FDA in case of any food related contamination or recall.
4)      Understand Caviar Aging – Much of the domestic caviar produced is best eaten fresh and is only properly enjoyed in the first few weeks of harvest. Most imported caviar species benefit greatly from aging and can be aged for up to a year. All caviar must have a “Best Consumed By” date as would any perishable fresh fish or packaged food.
5)      Caviar Options Change From Year To Year – Have a favorite year of wine from a specific vineyard? Caviar today is much the same. This year your best gueldenstaedtti may come from an Italian farm and may be most notable when properly aged for 7 months. Next year, the same species may be completely different.

Here’s the bottom line- It is important to trust your caviar partner. Your partner controls the accuracy of your label, checks that the aging techniques employed are appropriately managed, and tastes each year’s production to determine the season’s top picks. At the end of the day, your caviar partner will help guide you through this purchase. Let a few of our ideas here at SeafoodS.com ease your mind when selecting your caviar purchase this season.

Here are this year’s SeafoodS.com Top Caviar Picks:

IMPERIAL FARM RAISED BELUGA (KALUGA): This Imperial Beluga, derived from the Amur River sturgeon, has beautiful colors ranging from vibrant gold to chocolate brown and is truly spectacular in size.  These marvelous beads have a mellow, rich, buttery flavor and is the only worthy substitute for the banned Caspian Beluga.
Origin:
Imported China
Type:
Sustainable
Flavor:
Rich, buttery, elegant
Size:
Large
Color:
Golden to brown
Species:
Huso daricus
Common Name:
River Beluga

BELUGA VENIZE: Beluga caviar with a Siberian twist about explains this wonderful hybrid species of the Caspian Sea Beluga and Siberian sturgeon.  Since imports of 100% pure Beluga have been illegal in the U.S. since 2005,  we are please to offer this combined pair of species, that produces an elegant caviar with medium sized pearls, brownish gray hues and a delicate and creamy flavor that is sure to bring a smile to any Caspian Beluga connoisseur of the past.
Origin:
Imported Italy
Type:
Sustainable
Flavor:
Creamy and mild, opulent finish
Size:
Med
Color:
Med brown to dark brown
Species:
Huso huso/Baerii
Common Name:
Beluga Hybrid

PREMIER IMPERIAL GOLDEN OSETRA: This true Russian sturgeon produces a brilliant caviar from the Caspian Sea species of sturgeon now farmed in Germany and Israel, Acipenser gueldenstaedtti.  These medium to large eggs have rich brown to golden hues and finishes with a delicate nutty flavor.  Farm raised in pristine waters to produce an ecologically friendly, consistent quality and visually appealing caviar.
Origin: Imported Germany & Israel
Type: Sustainable
Flavor: Rich, nutty, slight buttery finish, elegant
Size: Med – Large
Color: Golden to Amber brown
Species: Acipenser guildenstaedtti
Common Name: Russian Osetra

PREMIER OSETRA: This Amber Osetra caviar is also produced from the same Caspian species of sturgeon, Acipenser gueldenstaedtti as our Imperial grade.  This quality caviar has that same delicate, nutty flavor but with deeper color varations ranging from Amber brown to dark chocolate grains and produced in an ecologically sustainable manner. It finishes with a delicate nutty flavor.  Farm raised in pristine waters to produce an ecologically friendly, consistent quality and visually appealing caviar.
Origin: Imported Germany & Israel
Type: Sustainable
Flavor: Rich, firm, nutty, elegant
Size: Med – Large
Color: Golden to med brown
Species: Acipenser guildenstaedtti
Common Name: Russian Osetra

CASPIA SCHRENKE: This sustainable sturgeon caviar has an incredible appearance with golden ambers and large grains.  It has a creamy and delicate flavor that is most reminiscent of Iranian Imperial Osetra caviar.  Sure to become a chef’s favorite after the first taste.
Origin: Imported China
Type: Sustainable
Flavor: Smooth, creamy, mild finish
Size: Med to large
Color: Light to dark Brown
Species: Acipenser schrenke
Common Name: Schrenke

STARUGA: This beautiful hybrid sturgeon species of Acipenser schrenke and Huso daricus is farm raised in a pristine and natural environment and produces brilliant caviar that has medium to large sized eggs and amber brown to golden color variations with a melt in your mouth velvety texture with delicate earthy undertones on this finish.
Origin: Imported China
Type: Sustainable
Flavor: Bold, earthy, velvety finish
Size: Med – Large
Color: Golden to med brown
Species: Huso daricus/schrenke
Common Name:  Staruga Hybrid

CALIFORNIA ESTATE WHITE STURGEON: Native to California, this American farm raised sturgeon is a highly regarded sustainable caviar. It has a brown to platinum hue with a generous sized pearl.  This caviar has gained popularity with gourmands all over the United States with its fresh nuances and creamy lingering finish.
Origin: California
Type: Sustainable
Flavor: Smooth, creamy, lingering
Size: Med
Color: Light to dark Brown
Species: Acipenser transmontanus
Common Name: White Sturgeon

LAPAZ CAROLINA SIBERIAN STURGEON: These sturgeon, raised in crystal clear spring water in the North Carolina mountains, produce caviar that exude a clean and somewhat stronger flavor that are sure to satisfy both the everyday epicure and the aspiring connoisseur.   Incredible!
Origin: North Carolina
Type: Sustainable
Flavor: Bold, elegant, rich buttery finish
Size: Med
Color: Dark Brown to black
Species: Acipenser baerii
Common Name: Siberian Sturgeon

MOTE SIBERIAN STURGEON: This Florida farmed sturgeon caviar, raised in a state-of-the-art sturgeon farm in Sarasota, produces caviar that has firm beads with a velvety flavor. Another American masterpiece that leaves a lasting impression on the palette.
Origin: Florida
Type: Sustainable
Flavor: Mild salinity, buttery, velvety
Size: Med
Color: Dark brown to black
Species: Acipenser baerii
Common Name: Siberian Sturgeon

AMERICAN PADDLEFISH: Paddlefish roe, harvested from the Mississippi and White River systems in the United States, has varied colors ranging from light green to dark steel gray. It is comparable in taste and appearance to Caspian Sea Sevruga. A very fine yet less expensive alternative!
Origin: USA (Mississippi River)
Type: Wild
Flavor: Bold, earthy notes, crisp finish
Size: small
Color: light green to steel gray
Species: Polyodon spathula
Common Name: Paddlefish

AMERICAN HACKLEBACK: These glistening black eggs have hints of emeralds and gold. Harvested from the world’s smallest sturgeon this caviar is small and firm with a classic wild sturgeon taste. The pronounced flavor makes Hackleback our most affordable and popular domestic American sturgeon caviar.
Origin: USA (Mississippi and Missouri Rivers)
Type: Wild
Flavor: Crisp, pronounced, salty
Size: Small
Color: Black
Species: Scaphirhynchus platorynchus
Common Name: Hackleback

PREMIER SMOKED RAINBOW TROUT ROE: Our Rainbow trout roe is lightly salted and then smoked using apple and cherry woods, leaving a lasting impression on the palette.  Great for topping fresh oysters or any seafood dish, adding to flavor sauces, on freshly baked bread or best enjoyed right off the spoon.
Origin: Denmark
Type: Sustainable
Flavor: Smokey, salty, bold, firm
Size: Med
Color: Bright Orange
Species: Oncorhynchus mykiss
Common Name: Rainbow Trout

Suggested Serving Sizes
20g. – One person
30g./ 1oz. – 1-2 people medium hors d’oeuvres
50g./ 2oz. – 2-3 people medium hors d’oeuvres or 4 people light hors d’oeuvres
125g./ 4.5oz. – 4-6 people medium hors d’oeuvres or 6-10 people light hors d’oeuvres
250g./ 7oz. – 10-15 people medium hors d’oeuvres or 18-20 people light hors d’oeuvres
500g./ 1Lb. – 20-25 people medium hors d’oeuvres or 35-45 people light hors d’oeuvres
1 kilo/2.2 Lb. – 50-60 people medium hors d’oeuvres or 80-90 people light hors d’oeuvres

American Hackleback, Lapaz Carolina Siberian Sturgeon, Premier Smoked Rainbow Trout Roe

American Hackleback
Lapaz Carolina Siberian Sturgeon
Premier Smoked Rainbow Trout Roe

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