For a long time beluga caviar has taken centre stage as the best of the best as far as the world of caviar is concerned. But there’s a new kid in town – Ossetra caviar – and people are starting to take notice.
Ossetra caviar is quickly gaining popularity as not only an alternative to beluga, but possibly a superior option. Caviar connoisseurs around the globe are hailing it as one of the most exquisite delicacies out there, and it’s not hard to see why. The level of innovation and creativity that has gone into creating ossetra caviar is staggering, and it’s really paying off.
What is Ossetra Caviar?
The word “ocept” literally translates as “sturgeon” in English. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Ossetra Caviar is produced by the sturgeon fish. However, it is produced in a very different way.
Sturgeon fish, the fish species that produces caviar, are taken from the Caspian Sea and grown in farms. These farms are created in a way that mimics the sturgeon’s natural environment almost exactly, but without the dangers of the catastrophic levels of pollution and overfishing which has so heavily affected the natural population in the Caspian Sea.
The improved environment for the fish means that they are living longer, healthier and happier lives, with some living for 50 years and reaching a total weight of 400 pounds. This leads to a much higher quality caviar.
Some producers of Ossetra Caviar claim that this is why the product not only rivals beluga caviar, but actually surpasses it in both taste and texture. And, because it is farmed in this way, producers are able to sell it for a lower price point, further increasing it’s demand.
What Are The Different Kinds Of Ossetra Caviar?
There are three different kinds of this caviar.
1. Classic Ossetra Caviar
This is the typical product when we talk about Ossetra Caviar. It is known for its plump grains, silky smooth texture and variety of colour, from medium to dark brown hues.
2. Golden Imperial Ossetra Caviar
This type of Ossetra Caviar is known for its distinctive rich buttery/nutty flavour as well as its iridescent but firm grains.
3. Crown Ossetra Caviar
Standing out from other caviars for it’s low salt content, this caviar produces a relatively crisp and vibrant flavour profile. As such, this makes it a popular choice among caviar enthusiasts.
Why Is It So Popular?
One of the reasons why Ossetra Caviar has gained such popularity among caviar enthusiasts is the responsible way it is farmed and produced. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of how food production can harm our planet, and the fact that this product isn’t contributing to the overfishing problem in the Black and Caspian Seas, where beluga caviar is traditionally sourced, is a major bonus to many.
Another is down to its favourable price point. The sheer cost of beluga caviar means that many who would like to cannot enjoy it. The production methods used by Ossetra manufacturers means that this extremely high quality product is available to a much larger market.
Which Is Best; Beluga Or Ossetra Caviar?
Really, this is down to each individual and we cannot say for sure. Some may prefer the decadence of beluga while others are attracted to the innovation and forward thinking practices that go into Ossetra. Based on taste alone, this is again a matter of personal preference. But you know what they say – there’s only one way to find out! Shop our range of beluga and Ossetra caviars today and find out for yourself!