Caviar of the Austrian Alps … a precious treasure

Caviar of the Austrian Alps ... a precious treasure
Amid the Austrian Alps, Stefan Astner inspects a rare albino sturgeon, which is exported at unbelievable prices to countries around the world for luxurious tables.
He tells the worker that “the fish underwent an ultrasound to see if it would soon go into reproduction.” Astner works in the town of Grodig near Salzburg, Austria, where female fish are raised that cost very dearly to their eggs.
Walter Grule, director of this fish-breeding facility, slits the skin of a 16-year-old fish to extract light-colored eggs.
Eggs are tenderer than black caviar,” he says, washing the yield. This yield, whose weight does not exceed 600 grams, costs 8 thousand euros, which is three times more expensive than black caviar, which is originally considered a luxury food. “These eggs are among the most expensive foods in the world,” Groul asserts. It constitutes only 1% of our total caviar production. ”
In the adjacent hall, Walter’s daughter Alexandra brings about 40 boxes “to be exported to Germany, Italy and Spain,” according to what the young woman reveals, reviewing the order slips.
There is no doubt that the crisis of the “ Covid 19” epidemic has negatively affected orders as a result of the closure of restaurants and luxury hotels, but retail sales have boomed in return.
New Year’s celebrations account for about 40% of the annual turnover. “ People want to have fun in the present moment,” says Jaroul.
Jaroul, who started his project with modest resources in 1981 with polar char and trout, was keen to distinguish itself from other fish farms in the world, by focusing on making a bright sturgeon without any pigmentation that breeds in captivity.
In the vicinity of Hellbrunn Palace, which dates back to the Renaissance period, his farm, which now houses hundreds of fish, is located amid surveillance cameras and gratings to protect them from theft. As this valuable resource raises ambitions, and other facilities of this kind have been subjected to many thefts in recent years.
And this type of fish lives up to 120 years, and it has been around since the age of dinosaurs, but it is on the verge of extinction.


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