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The Beluga (huso huso) is the largest of all sturgeons (up to 6 meters/20 feet in length) and is the only carnivore. The Beluga has been known to weigh 600 kg (1,323 lb) or more, but unfortunately, because of aggressive modern fishing methods such a size seems extremely unlikely these days. At the beginning of the twentieth century the Beluga caviar accounted for 40 per cent of the sturgeon catch - in 2005, it was barely one per cent.

Beluga is silvery-grey in color and differs from other sturgeon in that it loses the bony scales along its length after it is a few months old. It has a large, compact head with a pointed snout and a large mouth, which in a full-grown adult is up to 25 cm (10 in) wide. Two sets of barbels (rather like whiskers), which all sturgeon use to locate their food, are situated under its mouth. Up to 25 per cent of the Beluga's body weight may consist of eggs, although individual fish have been recorded carrying up to 50 per cent. The female does not mature until about 25 years of age and may not spawn every year. Like all sturgeon, Beluga can keep their eggs inside them for more than one season, if the conditions and temperature are not favorable for spawning.

Because of its immense size, the Beluga caviar has the biggest eggs, which are the most highly prized for their large grain and fine skin. The egg color varies from light grey to nearly black. The lightest grey is the most highly appreciated, although the taste, described by experts as "a faint flavour of the sea", should not be affected by the egg color.

Beluga caviar is protected as a threatened species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. This law generally prohibits the import/export and interstate sale of listed species and products made from them. The United States banned the importation of beluga caviar from the Caspian Sea basin as of September 30, 2005, and from the Black Sea basin as of October 28, 2005. No beluga caviar from any country in these basins could be legally imported after these dates. The affected countries include Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.

For those interested in Beluga Caviar, we recommend our Iranian Karaburun Ossetra Caviar. The Karaburun Ossetra is the closest roe we have seen to Beluga when comparing Size, Color, and overall Taste and Quality. For detailed information about Iranian Karaburun Ossetra Caviar, please click here.

For more information about Beluga caviar and the legal rules/regulations relating to importing caviar, please visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website.
Our Recommended Beluga Substitute
The definitive Beluga Caviar Substitute - Russian Volga Reserve CaviarVolga Reserve is a variety of Russian Ossetra Caviar which boasts a nutty, creamy roe. The flavor can only be described as a perfect balance of salt and butter undertones. The texture is silky yet separate eggs hold together well in a mass.

Volga refers to the river leading into the Caspian Sea and for this sturgeon's natural habitat. The most distinguishing characteristic of this caviar is due to the fact that it is derived from Ossetra Sturgeon aged 35 or older. Most Caspian caviar are sourced from sturgeon aged 10 to 20 years old, as sturgeon of this age range are both fertile and relatively abundant. Ossetra Sturgeon aged 35 or older are rare to say the least, and as a result of their age and larger size, produce roe that are smooth and supple yet bursting with traditional oceanic flavors. As a result, availability of our Volga Reserve is limited as quantities are not readily available throughout the year.
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