At Marky’s you can buy three exclusive varieties of Kaluga caviar (Huso dauricus X Acipenser schrenckii), sometimes known as River Beluga caviar: Amber, Gold and Black. Marky's Kaluga sturgeon (Huso dauricus X Acipenser schrenckii) produces large, firm individual beads with a rich and mellow buttery taste that will satisfy the most exacting connoisseur.
The Sturgeon family is not a large one, numbering just 27 species, among which only a few are well known. These few are highly valued for their precious and delicious roe, which, when processed, is called caviar. This, and their delectable flesh, has made these species the most valuable commercial fish on the planet. Their preeminence has been greatly to their disadvantage, however, as all these precious sturgeons have been endangered and driven sometimes nearly to extinction by reckless poaching and overfishing.
Among the better known members of the family is the Kaluga, whose scientific name is Huso dauricus. This species is a freshwater fish found in the Amur River basin in Siberia and Northern China. Its elongated body is topped with a triangular head with a short, pointed snout. It is nearly as large as its more famous relative, the Beluga. The largest recorded specimen, caught in the Amur River in the late 19th century, was 5.6 m long and weighed over 1,000 kg, with anecdotal evidence suggesting the fish can grow even larger. Having a similar life cycle to that of Beluga, it is often called the River Beluga. While technically a freshwater fish, like Beluga it lives in seawater for significant portions of its life. This fact influences the notable characteristics of the so-called River Beluga caviar, the second most costly after Beluga.
Kaluga sturgeon caviar is an expensive product due to the fish's long maturation period. The long-lived females of the species begin to spawn only after 16 years of life, and spawn every three to four years thereafter.
Because Kaluga is an endangered species whose export from Russia is strictly limited, Marky’s Gourmet Store does not offer wild-caught products even at near-unattainable prices. In today's international gourmet market, almost all the Kaluga caviar is supplied by aquafarms, which prefer to work with hybrids resulting from crossbreeding Kaluga with other sturgeon species. The resulting fish tend to be smaller and less unruly than true Kaluga while preserving all its most valuable qualities. For your discerning tastes we offer the following three selections:
Kaluga Fusion Amber Caviar
This richly amber-colored roe comes from a hybrid of the Kaluga sturgeon (Huso dauricus) and the Amur sturgeon (Acipenser schrenkii), distinguished by its large, firm individual fish eggs and its full and mellow buttery taste.
Kaluga Fusion Gold Caviar
The traditional rich, creamy, and nutty flavor of the most beloved caviar is concentrated in the large, juicy, and firm beads of our Kaluga Fusion Gold, whose color ranges from a pale umber to a warm, rich brown.
Kaluga Fusion Black Caviar
This caviar is harvested from a farm-raised hybrid of Kaluga (Huso dauricus) and the Amur sturgeon (Acipenser schrenckii), a sizeable breed that produces large beads with a pearlescent envelope ranging in color from light gray to nearly black. The flavor of this cross-breed is outstanding: buttery, creamy, and nutty, with the clean breath of the sea so highly valued by gourmets.
Because of its close relationship with Beluga and similar life cycle, Kaluga and Kaluga fusion caviar are recommended as a substitute for – and have a price comparable to – Beluga, which can no longer be imported into the US following the 2006 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) ban. Marky’s is proud to offer you this top quality alternative in three tempting varieties at our Gourmet Store.