Three exclusive types of Kaluga caviar, or sometimes called River Beluga caviar, you can buy at Marky's - Kaluga Amber, Kaluga Gold and Kaluga Black. Marky's Kaluga Sturgeon (Huso dauricus X Acipenser schrenckii) has very firm, large individual beads and a mellow, rich buttery taste which will satisfy the most demanding connoisseur of elite caviar.
The Sturgeon family is not very big, it counts currently just 27 species and only a few of them are famous and highly valued for their precious and delicious roe which is called caviar after preparation. This and their highly delicious flesh has made them the most valuable commercial fish species on Earth. But their advantage has turned into their doom because these species are endangered in the wildlife by the poaching and overfishing.
One of these fishes is the Kaluga fish or Huso Dauricus. This species is claimed to be one of the biggest freshwater fish in the world and it is inhabiting the Amur river basin in Siberia and Northern China. The biggest recorded specimen has been caught in Amur river in the end of XIX century, it was 5.6m long and weighed over 1,000kg! Due to a similar life cycle with its close relative Beluga, it is often called the River Beluga. Kaluga is called a freshwater fish but just like Beluga it spends nearly half of its long life in the sea waters. Of course, this fact influences the taste and flavor of the so-called River Beluga caviar that is claimed to be the second most expensive one after Beluga.
The high Kaluga sturgeon caviar price is determined by the long maturation period because the long living Kaluga fish females start spawning only after 16 years of life and the spawning cycle is about 3 to 4 years.
The Marky's Gourmet Store is not offering the wild catch product even for the high Kaluga Caviar price because it is and endangered species and its exportation from Russia is strictly limited. So nearly all the Kaluga caviar (Huso dauricus X Acipenser schrenckii) on the international market is supplied by aquafarms and they prefer to work with the hybrids of the Kaluga sturgeon with other species from the Sturgeon family. They tend to be smaller and having more even temper while keeping all the palatability traits of the Kaluga caviar (Huso dauricus X Acipenser schrenckii). We are proud to offer you the following three types:
Kaluga Fusion Amber Caviar
It comes from a hybrid of Kaluga Sturgeon (Huso dauricus) with Amur Sturgeon (Aciepenser schrenkii). Its distinctive aspects are very firm and large individual fish eggs of dark amber color with a rich and mellow buttery taste.
Kaluga Fusion Black Caviar
It is harvested from the farm-raised hybrid of Kaluga fish (Huso Dauricus ) and Schrenckii Sturgeon (Acipenser Schrencki). This species is pretty big and as a result, it has large beads with a pearlescent envelope that range in color from light gray to pale black. The flavor of this cross-breed of Kaluga and Schrencki is absolutely fantastic — buttery, creamy, and nutty with an addition of the special burst of the sea valued so high by the gourmets nd connoisseurs.
Kaluga Fusion Gold Caviar
A true natural gold. The traditional rich creamy and nutty flavor of our Kaluga Fusion Gold caviar is concentrated in the large, juicy, and firm grains ranging in color from a light to a warm, rich brown.
Because of its close relationship with Beluga and a similar way of life, the Kaluga caviar and Kaluga fusion caviar are considered to be the closest substitute for the Beluga caviar. As Beluga caviar is impossible to import to the U.S. after the ban of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 2006, we are really proud to offer you these three kinds of this nature's precious Kaluga caviar at our Marky's Gourmet Store!