US-State of Georgia produces caviar
August 24, 2009 · Print This Article
Back in September 2008 I posted an article about the sturgeon breeding programm at the University of Maryland.
But there are others. Last week news spread across the net regarding the University of Georgia and its sturgeon breeding programm. Their first caviar is ready for sale. According to Doug Peterson, associate professor of fisheries and aquaculture at UGA, the aim is to help protecting the wild sturgeon populations and maybe even create a lucrative commodity for the state.
Its quite interesting to know, that there are as many as 4 sturgeon species that are native to the state. But Petersons caviar comes from Siberian sturgeons only. And their habitat is – obviously – nowhere near the US.
Anyhow, Peterson has spent about eight years developing a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable method of farming. And with success, so it seems. According to Michel Emery, director of sales for Petrossian, the color and consistency were spot on. And “the flavor,” Emery added, “was impeccable.”
Their caviar can be found at Inland Seafood of Atlanta. The caviar costs $58 for 30 grams (just over 1 ounce) or $235 for 125 grams (about 4.4 ounces), said Bill Demmond, the chief operating officer.
A rather funny side note regarding their marketing: The product was given the slogan, “They have Gatorade … we have caviar,” in reference to the University of Florida, whose researchers invented the sports drink Gatorade.