White Pearl Sterlet Caviar
Hailing from the Royal Belgium Caviar sturgeon farms of Turnhout, Belgium comes a rarely experienced caviar in America – The “WHITE PEARL”. This unique caviar is produced by a stock of albino Sterlet sturgeon and have a structure and size very similar to Sevruga caviar. Their “white pearls” are visually distinct from any other caviar on the market – and have soft eggs with a very unique yet refined taste.
The Sterlet sturgeon (Acipenser ruthenus) is a relatively small species of sturgeon from Eurasia and much like the Siberian sturgeon in that it is a freshwater species. It is native to large rivers that flow into the Black Sea, Azov Sea and Caspian Sea, and with a maximum weight of approximately 16 kg, it is the smallest of the sturgeon family. Yet the species delivers excellent caviar – once favored by the Russian Tsars – and is not commonly seen in Western markets. Ranging from pure white to even a brilliant “gold” these tender eggs have a distinct flavor and are sold fresh upon availability.
Royal Belgium Caviar is 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 – which includes a population of Sterlet Sturgeons. 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). This implied completely eliminating recruitment from the wild, thus putting less pressure on the heavily threatened natural populations. Royal Belgium Caviar raises naturally “colored” sterlets, but also a full white, or albino, population. 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 production of the caviar. Their albino Sterlet Caviar can is produced under the “White Pearl” label.
An exceptional caviar when you need something (quite) a bit more exclusive and unique. Product of Belgium.