Hackleback Caviar


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One of the most popular and delicious caviar from Marky's – American Hackleback Caviar for the best price online – just from $13.

The American Hackleback (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus) is among the true sturgeons thus, its eggs have all the highly praised qualities of true sturgeon caviar like nuttiness, buttery flavor, and creamy texture. The eggs are smaller than that of Sevruga caviar and are ranging in color from dark gray to jet black while the envelope is pretty soft with a glossy appearance. It gently pops in your mouth even after a light pressure of the tongue. The caviar Hackleback is famous among the connoisseurs for its rich and intense nutty taste and this feature has made it the number one choice for many famous chefs.

American Hackleback Caviar
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The American Hackleback caviar

Among the affordable alternatives to the expensive Sevruga and Osetra caviars from the Caspian Sea one of the first places holds the American Hackleback caviar. The source of this domestic caviar is our native American Hackleback sturgeon which is also known under its other names 'Shovelnose', 'Sand Sturgeon', and 'Switchtail' and of course, it strongly influences the prices of caviar. The Hackleback Sturgeon caviar has been known and highly praised for many years and in the past one and a half centuries it has been even successfully exported to Europe and Asia but the modern rise of its popularity has started after the ban of the Caspian Sturgeon caviar importation due to overfishing and poaching of the Beluga, Osetra, and Sevruga Sturgeons and its following shortage and rise of the caviar prices. The point is that the Hackleback Sturgeon caviar is very similar in taste and flavor to the Sevruga's and has that famous nuttiness in its flavor. Another reason is the Hackleback caviar prices which is much lower comparing to the Sevruga and Osetra caviars. The low American Caviar price makes the Hackleback caviar a very popular and wallet friendly substitute to more expensive kinds of caviar, for example, for big cocktail parties. Quite often it is sold under the description of 'Russian Style Caviar' which means 'Malossol' way of conservation with small amounts of pure sea salt and nothing more.

The American Hackleback (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus) is among the true sturgeons thus, its eggs have all the highly praised qualities of true sturgeon caviar like nuttiness, buttery flavor, and creamy texture. The eggs are smaller than that of Sevruga caviar and are ranging in color from dark gray to jet black while the envelope is pretty soft with a glossy appearance. It gently pops in your mouth even after a light pressure of the tongue. The caviar Hackleback is famous among the connoisseurs for its rich and intense nutty taste and this feature has made it the number one choice for many famous chefs.

About the Hackleback

Hackleback is one of the few wild fish types that are allowed for commercial fishing in the United States and the only one Sturgeon in this list. The main habitat area of the Hackleback sturgeon are the waters of Missouri River and the Mississipi River systems. One of the reasons for its abundance in the wild nature is the short maturity period of the females that makes only about 4 years and the peculiarities of the life cycle that exclude long distance migrations during the spawning period and another one reason is probably the absence of the big dams blocking the traditional spawning routes.

The Hackleback Sturgeon itself is smallest Sturgeon especially comparing to its Caspian relatives from the Sturgeon family. However, the biggest recorded specimen was 1m long and weighed about 4.5kg, though the standard parameters of an adult fish are 50-85cm and 2.5kg. The Hackleback doesn't have scales (thus, unfortunately, it can't be Kosher according to the Kashrut regulations), instead, it has rows of bony scutes along the sides. It also has a very specific form of the snout that has a shape of the shovel that gave it one of its names Shovelhead. This form of the snout helps the Hackleback to dig into river sediments in search of crustaceans for food. Another peculiarity that gave the Hackleback its other name the Switchtail is a pretty long and slender filament on the upper lobe of the caudal fin.

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