Deep sea treasure

It’s impossible to talk about pricey food and not mention caviar.
The most expensive type, Beluga caviar, is found primarily in the Caspian Sea: an enclosed saltwater lake surrounded by Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.
According to Beluga sturgeons, from which the eggs or ‘roe’ come, can live up to 150 years and weigh up to 1t.
The company ships Beluga and other types of caviar such as Osetra, Sevruga and Royal (all known as black caviar in Russia) world-wide.
As stated on its website, “whether it is served smeared on blinis or spooned directly into the mouth of a loved one, it’s the height of satisfaction”. Known for its subtle, buttery fl avour, caviar is served cold. Malossol Beluga (lightly salted caviar) is considered to be of the highest quality. Beluga caviar is graded by how dark or light it is, with light being the higher class, although its supply may soon be cut short.
Due to the high demand for Beluga caviar and a number of other factors, this species of sturgeon is reported on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s ‘red list’ as critically endangered. There has been ongoing controversy regarding their dwindling numbers during the last few years, and some groups are pushing for a complete ban on fishing in the Caspian Sea to let the Beluga, and other sturgeon, recover. It may be a prized dish, but Beluga caviar comes with a high price in more ways than one.

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