Did You Know?
  • American caviar now rivals Russia's in quality.
  • As of January 2006, the United Nations banned export of beluga sturgeon caviar from the Caspian Sea region,  this was a result of the brink of extinction. American caviars are a tasty, versatile alternative to endangered beluga caviar.
  • With the new ban on Caspian Sea beluga caviar, American chefs are going domestic with our wonderful American caviars.
  • Caviar, of course, is the eggs of sturgeon which from the earliest times thrived in American waters.
  • Settlers of America discovered sturgeon to be the most prolific fish of the North American continent. Americans, at first, disdained the sturgeon on which the Indians thrived, and sturgeon was fed only to slaves.
  • The American caviar industry got started when Henry Schacht, a German immigrant, opened a business catching sturgeon on the Delaware River. He treated his caviar with German salt and exported a great deal of it to Europe. At around the same time, sturgeon was fished from the Columbia River on the west coast.
  • In the beginning of 19th century, the United States was the major producer of caviar in the world and produced 90% of the world's caviar. By the end of the nineteenth century, the United States processed more than 600 tons a year.
  • In the 1880's, a small town in New Jersey was sending 15 trains loads a day with caviar from the Delaware River sturgeon, headed first to New York and then to all the European capitals.
  • At one time, caviar was so common in America it was served in saloons to encourage thirsty drinkers. Hudson River sturgeon were so plentiful that the flesh was referred to as "Albany beef." A nickel could get you a serving of the best caviar available in New York, and many of the most lavish establishments, including the Waldorf Astoria, offered free-flowing caviar as an amuse-bouche opening to an elegant meal.
  • Caviar was also a common food in California during the gold rush days.
  • Recently, the United States has made a strong comeback in caviar production.

Warbucks International Seafood is proud to be an international caviar distributor and producer, including Kosher Bowfin Caviar, Sturgeon Caviar, Paddlefish Caviar, in addition to wild caught shrimp.