Caviar Guide by Marky’s
Beluga Hybrid profile
(Huso huso x Acipenser baerii)
Due to the lack of availability of Beluga caviar and the complexity of farming the species, many producers began cross-breeding Beluga with other faster producing sturgeon species. This product exhibits the size and flavor profile of Beluga with the speed of production of smaller Siberian sturgeon to provide an alternative to the limited supplies of Beluga.
Our Beluga Hybrid is the result of cross-breeding Beluga with Siberian sturgeon. It is a unique product that exhibits the size and flavor profile of Beluga with the speed of production of the smaller Siberian sturgeon, providing an alternative to the limited supplies of Beluga.
- Very large firm beads
- Brownish grey colored
- Smooth, silky texture
- A milder buttery note than traditional Beluga with a hint of the earthy and nutty tones of premium Siberian sturgeon
- Lingering buttery finish
- Excellent served alone, just on a mother of pearl spoon
Suggested use: This one of a kind product will be in great demand among high end restaurants, bars and individuals. Any relation, no matter how distant, to original Beluga caviar will definitely add exclusivity to any event, party or menu of an exquisite restaurant and will enhance any fine dining experience.
As trade in Beluga sturgeon caviar and meat has been prohibited in the United States for about a decade, tanking the availability and sales of both products, Beluga caviar has been almost impossible to obtain. But beginning in 2016 Marky's Caviar company will sell domestic Beluga caviar from the only Beluga farm in the US – Sturgeon Aquafarms. The Beluga Hybrid is already available for purchase at Marky's Caviar store.
What is Beluga caviar? This is a product unsurpassed in the gourmet food industry for desirability and near-unattainability. One variety has been entered in the Guinness World Records books as the most expensive food item in the world, costing an incredible GBP 25,000 per kilogram. That is almost $33,000 nowadays! (We assure caviar prices at Marky’s are not that exorbitant.)
This high Beluga caviar price is readily explained under the circumstances. This product is harvested from the critically endangered Beluga (Huso Huso) fish, also known as the "European Sturgeon" native to the Caspian Sea basin. The overfishing and poaching of Beluga in its original environment have nearly led to its extinction, and eventually motivated the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to consider this species as critically endangered and thus to ban the importation of Beluga sturgeon caviar from the Caspian Sea basin starting in 2006. After this the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) suspended trade in Beluga caviar, allowing only very small amounts of this product to be sold on the international market.
Rarity of the fish and its roe on the market is one of the determining factors of higher caviar cost. It rather compensates the complexity of maintaining fish farms and manufacturing, without even hinting at any gastronomic vogue or any exclusivity.
Despite its caviar price and scarcity, Beluga is also immensely flavorful. Knowledgeable gourmets value cured roe of this fish for its unique texture and savor. The individual eggs of Beluga caviar have a firm envelope that is still delicate enough to burst with hardly any pressure, releasing the buttery, nutty taste of its fluids. The uncommonly large eggs of the Beluga caviar range in color from light to dark gray, with a glossy finish. The processed product is graded according to its color: the lighter the nearly translucent envelope of the roe, the higher its grade and price.
Despite the ban of imports, we plan to give our valued customers an exclusive opportunity to buy Beluga caviar and indulge in its remarkable flavor!
Soon, Marky's Gourmet Store will be able to offer Beluga caviar harvested from domestic Beluga raised by Sturgeon Aquafarms. This is an innovative aquaculture facility situated in the small town of Bascom in Northern Florida. Using the latest technology developed to raise commercially valuable fish and harvest their caviar, this facility is able to provide quality products to the market without placing any additional strain on wild fish populations. The Beluga, Sevruga, and Sterlet sturgeons grown there find their condition of life considerably superior to what they would find in their natural environment. Their ponds are filled with drinking quality water, and they are fed a natural diet, without any artificial additives or antibiotics. The whole process is overseen by a staff with the highest degree of professionalism and experience to ensure the highest quality of meat and caviar. Due to the immense skillfulness and care involved in bringing you this one-of-a-kind product, the price of our Beluga caviar will be high – but worth it.
We are happy to be considered as reputable and reliable providers of Beluga caviar across the country. To give even more customers an opportunity to enjoy this delicacy, we have come up with gourmet food sets. The price of caviar, which you will find on our website, also includes crème fraîche and original handmade blinis – the two most perfect accompaniments to caviar.
So, how much is caviar at Marky’s today? Visit our Caviar page and select the tab Beluga to find out more right now.
No doubt you are already eager for a chance to taste our product. For those who do not wish to wait, we already offer Marky's Beluga Hybrid (a cross-breed of Beluga and Siberian sturgeon), as well as the closest possible alternative to this product – Kaluga caviar, also known as "River Beluga Caviar" which you can always find at Marky's Caviar for a better price than the cost of Beluga caviar. We feel confident that you will be astonished by the fine flavor of this excellent product.
Beluga (Huso huso) is the largest fish of the sturgeon family. Beluga can grow up to 24 feet and weigh 3460 lb and live up to 118 years. It is listed as “critically endangered” species on the IUCN Red List and strictly protected by CITES. Regardless of all the efforts made by the surrounding Caspian Sea countries, CITES and the IUCN to preserve natural stock, the wild population of Beluga is still declining. Its natural habitats are the basins of the Black, Caspian and Azov Seas. Beluga is completely extinct from the Black sea and its basin. Male beluga matures at the age of 10-15 years and females atthe age of 15-18 years and spawns every 3-4 years. Spawning period is April through June. In the wild beluga sturgeons feed on small fish - herring, gobies, roach, kilka, etc.