Apr 12th 2006 12:41PM You did not mention Calvisius Caviar from Agroittica Lombarda in Italy. This caviar is also from a white sturgeon ( Acipenser Transmontanous ). The brood stock were actually acquired from California. The difference in taste firmness and quality is by far the closest to beluga caviar available today. Many companies are also calling caviar from the white sturgeon "osetra". I think that a white sturgeon is much closer to a beluga in size. Currently, Browne Trading Company is the only company in the United States that this caviar can be aquired from. It simply must be compared to what is available from the California farms to be appreciated.
Browne Trading is also selling farm raised Osetra caviar. This is real osetra ( acipenser gueldenstaedti). This is the same species that is harvested in the wild from the Caspian Sea. It is farmed in Fulda, Germany and is currently the only farmed osetra available in the world.
Just thought your readers would be interested.
Mar 27th 2006 3:57PM Black Sea caviar should not be allowed back on the market. Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia Montenegro do not manage the species well. There is little enforcement in any of those coutries of international law. Most processors and fisherman can be bought by the highest bidder to deliver there fish to wherever. Also, government officials can be bought as well. If you are a legitamate company there is little hope of you being able to aquire caviar to export out of the country of origin. Also, conditions of many of the processing facilities in the region are of substandard quality. The caviar could be far better than it is and now it is more expensive than ever.