Caspian Sea Beluga
Historically, the Beluga Sturgeon also known as the "Great Sturgeon" is unquestionably the most widely known of all Sturgeon species. The Caspian Sea Beluga is commonly known to be the largest of all Caspian Sea sturgeon where it may at times grow to weigh in excess of two thousand pounds and be at a lengths of more than fifteen feet.
The female Beluga Sturgeon has a relatively long maturation cycle and may take up to twenty-five years to mature and produce eggs. These Beluga caviar eggs offer a very large grain caviar varying in color from light to dark gray and sometimes almost black. Traditionally, Beluga caviar was graded by the size and color using zeros hand marked upon the tin to best identify the contents. A "000" marking was to refer to the lightest color and the largest sized Beluga caviar. A "0" grading would then refer to the darkest in color and smallest eggs. The rarest harvest was that of the "000" designation.
Despite the grading of the varying size and color, the Caspian Beluga caviar pearls are generally the most delicate of all sturgeon caviar, presenting a very mild and very buttery elegant flavored caviar possessing a light finish.
The wild Beluga populations had been in considerable decline, and subsequently Beluga caviar was banned from further import to the United States, as of the fall of 2005.
For those who prefer the inherent mild buttery richness of Beluga caviar, we suggest the extremely rare Platinum Osetra caviar.
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