11/17/09

Tsar Nicoulai – Cali Caviar Goes Green


Can you say “sturgeon farm”?

With a four acre hydroponics pond and an aqua-farming system to raise their fish, the folks at Tsar Nicoulai Caviar are known for their sustainable practices, not to mention their world class caviar and roe products.

Founded in 1978 by Mats and Dafne Engstrom, the company developed their proprietary tank farming techniques with the help of the good folks at the University of California Davis. The impetus behind this creation was that the world was quite frankly running out of sturgeon due to over-fishing.

"What’s a sturgeon..?"

No, not the guy at the hospital that operates on you. It’s a rather large species of fish with prehistoric origins that has been the main source of caviar for decades. Salmon roe is also commonly used.

Now let’s talk quality… Just how good are the various products from Tsar Nicoulai? Suffice it to say that superstar chefs Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina all use Tsar Nicoulai caviar at their restaurants. If that doesn’t convince you, then I guess you will just have to try some yourself. You won’t be disappointed..!

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