A list of American species fished for their valuable roe would be incomplete without mentioning the Whitefish. Though it is a relative of the various types of salmon used to produce the familiar red caviar, this fish yields far smaller roe than other members of the family. This is one of the reasons Whitefish roe is most often called "caviar," rather than simply "roe." The Whitefish caviar is prepared in the Malossol way, with just a small amount of pure sea salt, letting its famous mildly tangy flavor with notes of sweetness shine through in the preserved product. Whitefish roe grains have crisp texture and an attractive glossy appearance. While the natural color of the eggs is golden to tangerine and the roe is sold in that form as Golden Whitefish caviar, a version dyed with squid ink is also very popular, marketed as Black Whitefish caviar, or Black Caviar Supreme for its deep black color. Dying it in this way does make it taste like the much sought-after Caspian Sea caviar, of course, but the close resemblance in appearance and the very reasonable price combine to make Whitefish roe the perfect alternative for catering a large event.
As the Whitefish itself has fins and scales, unlike the Sturgeons from which traditional black caviar is harvested, both the fish and its roe are permissible under Jewish dietary restrictions. A Kosher certificate for our caviar from the Orthodox Union can be supplied upon request.
Due to its affordable price and impressive appearance, Whitefish caviar is most often used at events as garnish for hors d'oeuvres and a variety of dishes both cold and hot, like salads, risottos, pasta, and many more. It can also be consumed on an everyday basis as a part of a healthy diet for a snack, garnishing dishes, and flavoring them.
This is a small fish found mainly in the Great Lakes and surrounding waters. The average size of an adult fish is about 50cm in length and under 2kg in weight, with the biggest recorded specimen coming in at 79cm long and weighing 2.3kg. The Whitefish is fished in lakes and rivers on a sustainable and highly regulated basis to prevent the overfishing that has threatened many other fish species over recent decades. It is also a popular target for sports fishing, especially ice fishing.