Caviar Guide by Marky’s
Sevruga Caviar profile
- Sturgeon AquaFarms, Florida USA
- Light pearl grey to dark charcoal grey color beads
- Medium to small size pearls
- Crisp, nutty with sweet ocean flavor
- Elegant buttery finish that rests long on your palate
- Best served alone on a mother of pearl spoon or a blini
Drinks: champagne brut or Blanc de Blanc (dry white sparkling wine) Suggested use: Sevruga caviar is a real treat for caviar connoisseurs. Small-medium pearlescent beads have a distinct taste that is only characteristic to this type. Sevruga is most commonly requested by those familiar with the category and the product. Because of its high price, Sevruga caviar can be suggested as an aperitif for a small group or an exclusive event for a few select guests. It is an excellent choice for a high end restaurant or wine bar.
Note: Sevruga caviar is traditionally graded by size and color. The larger and lighter the grains, the more valuable the caviar. Also, due to the limited availability of true Sevruga (Acipenser Stellatus), caviar obtained from Sterlet (Acipenser Ruthenus) is incorrectly marketed and sold as Sevruga or as its substitute. Mis-labeling is illegal and a rampant practice. The difference between the two is that of the species, therefore there will be a significant difference in taste, texture, color and price. Lower grades of Sevruga and Sterlet caviar are reminiscent of one another however both Sevruga and Sterlet will never produce golden shades of caviar. So beware when purchasing “golden Sevruga or Sterlet”.
Sevruga is one of the sturgeon family's most amply represented members in the world's supply of caviar. Next to the imposing proportions of its larger relatives, such as Osetra or Beluga, this fish is rather small, reaching up to 2 m in length and weighing up to 80 kg. The Sevruga sturgeon's slender form is emphasized by a long and narrow snout with five small, moustache-like barbels near the mouth. Sevruga is not so long-lived as Osetra, Beluga or Kaluga. Its shorter lifespan – up to 25 years – is in fact one of its advantages, as it is accompanied by a correspondingly short maturation period and increased rate of reproduction. In the wild, this fish lives in the basins of the Caspian, Azov, Black, and Aegean Seas and adjacent large rivers.
Due to its faster reproduction and wider geographic span, Sevruga is one of the best represented members of the sturgeon family, not only in aquaculture but also in its natural environment. It supplies more than half of all sturgeon caviar to pass through the international market. This abundance allows it to be by far the least costly among the great caviar-yielding sturgeons. Though it is less expensive than Beluga and Osetra, its relatives, Sevruga caviar delivers the same high quality, beautiful appearance, and delicate flavor expected from these elite species.
This sturgeon species produces small, delightfully crunchy roe with a marked buttery savor. The color of the beads varies from catch to catch and from fish to fish, ranging from light gray to greenish and yellow-gray.
Marky's Gourmet Store is proud to offer you just a few varieties of Sevruga caviar:
Marky's Sevruga Caviar is often called an "entry level" caviar for newcomers to this famous delicacy. Do not be misled by the small size of Sevruga caviar's grains; as is so often the case, some of the best things come in small packages. These small beads hold a flavorful, juicy secret, a taste stronger than that of all other caviars. This caviar has a distinct silky and buttery flavor ending on a sweet ocean note. The grains are deep gray in color, with a crunchy texture, easily separated from one another.
Classic Grey Sevruga Caviar is a favorite of those seeking the highest standard of quality without going to tremendous expense. It has a distinctive smooth and buttery flavor with a long, subtle aftertaste. The grains are small with a pearlescent gray envelope that conceals their succulent contents.
For those who enjoy a good bargain, we offer a specially priced set consisting of Marky's Sevruga Caviar (2 oz.) accompanied by fresh French Blini Mini Size (a pack of 16 pcs.) and smooth, cool Crème Fraîche (7-8 oz.), a perfect assortment for a great family dinner or a small cocktail-party.
Marky's Gourmet Store is happy to bright you the best Sevruga caviar prices.
Other american sturgeon caviar you can find here
Sevruga Sturgeons (Acipenser Stellatus) also known as Starry Sturgeon is listed as “critically endangered” species and experienced a 98% population decline between years 1979 and 2001. Population trend: declining. Sevruga sturgeons are strictly protected by CITES under Appendix II. Sevruga is an anadromous fish that spends most of its adult life in salt waters and moves to fresh waters for spawning. These sturgeons reach 7-12 feet in length and weigh up to 180 lb. The maximum age recorded is 27 years. Females reach sexual maturity at the age of 7-8 years and spawn every 3-4 years. Males reach sexual maturity at the age of 6-7 years and spawn every 2-3 years. The spawning period is from April through September. Sevruga is native to the Caspian, Black and Aegan Seas. Its natural habitat is near shore over sand and mud. Sevruga stays at the bottom during the day and rises to the surface to feed at night. The diet of Sevruga sturgeons mainly consists of small fish, mollusks, crustaceans and worms.