Royal Belgian Platinum Caviar
What started in Belgium as fish feed production company in the 1980s, Royal Belgian Caviar has since evolved and is now considered one of Europe’s most acclaimed producers of beautiful caviars. They began in the late eighties with the breeding of sturgeon in support of the development of sturgeon feed. In the early nineties, biologist Dr. Willy Verdonck was engaged in the breeding of sturgeon caviar, which yielded the first results in 2002. Although initially very limited, the production did gradually increase, as did the number of cultivated species. Through years of intensive research, Dr. Verdonck managed to completely control the breeding cycle of some sturgeon species (and he is now considered an international authority on caviar production). From the fertilization of the egg up to the production of caviar, every step in the farm is meticulously controlled and monitored – and only one person, Willy’s wife Mia, is actually entrusted with the final production of the caviar.
The eggs used for the Platinum Caviar originate from a hybrid sturgeon. This sturgeon is a crossbreed between two caviar producing species the Russian Osetra Sturgeon (Acipenser Gueldenstaedtii) and the Siberian Sturgeon (Acipenser Baerii). The hybrid sturgeon combines a number of excellent characteristics from both parental species: a pleasing color varying from grey-green to dark olive, a larger grain size of 3mm or more, and a rich flavor that in a blind taste test turned out to be most similar to the coveted Osetra. This artisanally produced caviar is unlike any Guelden-Baerii caviar on the global market today.