Once upon a time, the Hudson River was so packed with wild sturgeon that some of the pubs in New York City would purposefully give away the now popular roe on bread to keep their customers sitting and drinking away. Of course, now you won’t find that anymore, but since then, we have found the eggs highly desired. Even though the fish are making a return to the polluted waters, its good to know that the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida has been able to produce sustainably farmed Siberian sturgeon caviar since 2006.
The caviar made at Mote’s sell for between $1,584 and $4,200 per kilo at market and they were able to harvest 1.5 metric tons last year. That’s pure gold right there, almost literally. And how good is the actual product for something that is raised in a lab? Let’s just say the top restaurants are using them. So there. Fuck, I want some caviar now.
Photography by Mark Mahaney