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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Eau Savage No More - for Mainstream Caviar

Wild Verses Farmed Caviar

Farmed Caviar roe is becoming more prevalent and over a dozen countries now have viable commercial activities in caviar farming. Italy and France are among the most well-established producers in this field.

In the mid-1990s, the farmed caviar industry was nothing more than a few marine biologists with a dream. Today it is emerging as a global, multimillion- dollar business. Sturgeon farms in France, Germany, Italy and Uruguay are investing millions of dollars to expand facilities and to develop new technologies, like microchip implants, to create roe with a pop as perfect and a flavor as buttery as traditional wild caviar's. However, for eco-friendly fine food enthusiasts especially farmed Sturgeon or Paddle fish roe are a scrumptious, crumptious yet delicately sea flavored alternative.
According to caviar reviewer, Kira Marchenese at, 'Loyal consumers of Oscetra, Sevruga or Beluga caviar form the Caspian Sea may find, as one New York Times reporter has, that caviar from farm-raised White Sturgeon rivals the best Russian Oscetra,' note the authors in 'One fish, Two Fish, Crawfish, Bluefish: the Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Cookbook'.

What does it mean to be 'Farmed'

Fish farming is the principal form of aquaculture. It involves raising fish commercially in tanks or enclosures, usually for food. Recently aquaculture has become an ecological response to the ban on Sturgeon Caviar within the Caspian Sea regions.

What does it mean to be 'Wild'?

'Banned' is what that means, in this day and age especially if you're caviar coming from the Caspian Coast regions. However, for for the common layman 'wild' means that a given form of animal life is allowed to thrive and exist naturally in its environment with no artificial or human manipulated environment.

Upon a visit to your favorite seafood department or market, be prepared to hear very convincing arguments against or for either method of fish harvesting. For each individual the truth is most definitely in the pudding.

This discussion isn't over, by the way.

Exist for the good,

1 comment:

  1. hi. are the people keen on caviar? i had the impression that is pretty expensive and in this period a crisis...just wondering how many will choose it.