California White Sturgeon Caviar - Is it Osetra???
California White sturgeon caviar has a similar flavor as Russian Sturgeon caviar. However, true Osetra caviar is produced exclusively by the Osetra sturgeon:
Ossetra (also Osetra, Oscetra) caviar refers specifically to the roe of Osetra sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii), referred to as the Russian sturgeon or Perisan sturgeon (Acipenser persicus) in some regions (N. Fletcher, Caviar, Reaction Books Ltd. 2010).
California White sturgeon caviar comes from Acipenser transmontanous. White Sturgeon are found in 3 major drainages on the west coast of North America including the Sacramento (in California), Columbia (in British Columbia, Idaho and Washington) and Fraser systems.
Osetra (Ossetra, Asetra. Osceitra) caviar comes only from Osetra sturgeon, originally abundant in the Caspian Sea. The word Osetra literally translates to "sturgeon" in Russian. Now critically endangered, the only sustainable source of this coveted sturgeon is U.S. aquaculture.
California White sturgeon caviar is a great alternative to the pricier Russian sturgeon and
Beluga caviars. Farmed U.S. sturgeon is a "Best" choice by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood
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