The sturgeon: king of fish, fish of kings
It has been honored in the West and the East since the 9th century.
It is regarded with respect in many cultures for its appearance and size. It can reach two tons and over 100 years in the wild. Highly prized for its caviar, it has been threatened with extinction several times in history due to the excesses and the lure of profit.
It is a model of evolution by its resilience and natural adaptation. Humans have only 23 pairs of chromosomes, whereas sturgeons sometimes have 500 depending on the species. Resistant, it is also known for its fertility and the nutritional qualities of its black gold: caviar.
A large migratory fish, it is anadromous: it lives in the sea and goes up rivers to lay its eggs, like the salmon. Before 1989, only three species of sturgeon among the 26 identified, provided 90% of the world production of wild caviar. Today, 9 species are selected for their ability to adapt to a freshwater environment and fish farming.
Each species is unique and therefore produces a specific caviar.