THE CAVIAR OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY
A FEW WORDS OF HISTORY
Sturgeons are prehistoric fishes. The earliest evidence dates back over 350 million years. There are 24 species found around the world in the northern hemisphere.
They can live more than 100 years and reach 2 meters for the small species like l'Acipenser Baerii, and more than 8 meters and weigh 2 tones for the Acipenser Huso (Béluga).
This fish is fished since the Antiquity for the virtues of its flesh and eggs.
Caviar was introduced to the Czarist and then in Europe during the exodus of the Russian aristocracy during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. It beautifies french tables from the "Roaring Twenties" and became a symbol of luxury and art of living.
The sturgeon is a species considered as endangered by its massive and destructive fishing.
It is protected since 1998 and its business is regulated and governed by the international organization: CITES. Today, only the farm productions are allowed. There are more than 150 worldwide.