The Different Sturgeon Species

Today’s caviar derives from fully sustainable aquaculture sources and represents one of the gourmet’s ultimate delights, immediately processed under the prevailing EU’s strict hygiene conditions.

Aquaculture improvements have facilitated the repopulation of the following Turgeon species:

The Beluga Sturgeon

This is the celebrated sturgeon species. A wild specimen was caught, measuring over 9m and weighting a massive 1,400kg. It caries steel-blue to grey and black skin markings with light ventral and white creamy bony scutes down its back.

Its flesh and its most precious beluga caviar represent an attractive undertaking as the actual perpetuation of this rare species.

Acipenser Transmontanus

Being the second largest species in the Acipenser family, this is an ancient, fresh-water, bottom-dwelling feeding fish and characterised by a long and large cylindrical body, subconical snout and four bead-like barbels at the base of its head.

Reaching maturity within 10 years, the Transmontanus produces flawless, large-sized roe in a solid dark-chrome appearance.

Acipenser Gueldenstaedtii

This is a true representative of the Acipenseriformes family. Aquaculture offsprings are reared to an average of 1.25m and rank second in growth rate and longevity.

The rare diamond variety has beautiful star-like markings but they are invariably lost, turning grey-black in colour during adulthood. The Gueldenstaedtii medium sized roes’ bear a delicious buttery and aromatic flavour, featuring ample colouration choices from medium yellow, olive green via hazelnut brown to anthracite.

Acipenser Baerii

The Siberian Sturgeon is the most popular and by far the easiest aquaculture species to breed. Resilient and tough, with a healthy and rapid rise to adulthood, this sturgeon will reach a maximum length of 1.2m in clean and comfortable aquaculture surroundings.

The skin is brown-grey and black with the underside in contrasts of white. The end of their nose features a white tip. Siberian Sturgeon caviar roes are of a medium size, typified by a deep mahogany-brown colour with a velvety taste.

Acipenser Stellatus

Best known as the Stellatus or Stary Sturgeon and easily recognised by its elongated nose and head. This part of its anatomy represents 25% of the total body length.

This sturgeon keeps its beautiful markings throughout its life. Reaching a maximum of 1.50 m in the wild but considerably less in an aquaculture environment. All Stellate Sturgeons are keen jumpers. Despite its smaller physical attributes, roe remains small and graceful, appearing in luminous metallic-grey and with a memorable, fresh sea-salt flavour.

Acipenser Ruthenus

The starlet is a slow-growing sturgeon of a very tolerant nature. In captivity it measures 0,60 – 0,90 m, reaching maturity over a period of ten years. Distinctive features are white edge markings with lines along its back to the pectoral and front fins. The small and light blue-greyish roes set it apart from the Stellatus.

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