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Capelin fish (Mallotus villosus, also known as caplin fish) are a small species and member of the smelt family, whose range extends throughout the far Northern Hemisphere’s oceanic waters. They are foragers and typically feed by grazing on plankton, krill swarms, and other small crustaceans. Capelin populations engage in sizable seasonal migrations, going south in the winter and spring towards the coasts in order to spawn and north in the summer and autumn to their feeding grounds at the peak of their productivity, near the Arctic ice shelves.
Thanks to their prodigal reproductive rates, capelin are abundant throughout their range. Their svelte, slender bodies make them desirable snacks to predatory fishes, cetaceans, seals, squids, and seabirds, forming the basis of a food chain that allows many such larger species to flourish (particularly cod, which are extensively dependent on the capelin as a food source). They are also commercially fished, largely in pursuit of fishmeal production but also for their desirable roe.
Capelin roe is commonly known as Masago and is slightly smaller and softer than flying fish roe, itself most widely known as Tobiko. Masago possesses a remarkably similar flavor profile to that of Tobiko, and due to the capelin’s widespread availability and resulting lower cost, it’s often considered an adequate substitute for Tobiko as a garnish or main ingredient in popular Japanese dishes, such as sashimi, sushi rolls, crab cakes, salmon fillets, and other seafood. Available in seven different wild-caught varieties (natural, orange, wasabi, red, golden, black, and ginger), these striking pearls will perfectly serve as a beautiful addition to authentic homemade sushi and canapés.
|Allergens||Contains Fish, Soy.|
|Keep Refrigerated||Maintain between 32 to 40 °F (0 to 4 °C).|
|Preparation||Product is sold fresh; use before Best-By Date. Thaw under refrigeration before immediate use; product is ready to eat at 40° F (4° C).|
|Taste||Salty, mildly sweet and smoky.|
|Packaging||Glass jar (28 g, 57 g, 113 g, 226 g), plastic tub (500 g).|
|Ingredients||Capelin Roe (Mallotus villosus), Herring Roe (Clupea harengus), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Gluten Free Soy Sauce (Water, Salt, Soybeans, Alcohol), Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, FD&C Red #40.|
|Shipping||Product is perishable and will be shipped via Overnight Shipping.|
|Accompaniments||East Asian seafood dishes.|
|Caviar Fish & Grade||Capelin Roe (Mallotus villosus), Red.|
|Shelf Life Refrigerated||4 days.|
This product is perishable and will be shipped by Overnight Shipping.
Approximate shipping time is 1 business day.
If you place your order today before 12 PM Eastern Time, its earliest possible delivery date is Tue, December 12, 2023. Otherwise, it may take an extra day for it to be delivered.