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American Hackleback Sturgeon Caviar

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Indigenous to the Missouri and Mississippi river areas, American sand sturgeons (also known as hackleback, shovelnose or switchtail) are smaller and faster growing than most other species, reaching about 38" at full maturity. The roe is dark, firm and has a very mild, subtle flavor. Being the only commercially fished sturgeon in the United States, shovelnose is the last American Wild caviar. A very nice, wild caught U.S. product. Hand packed and quality checked for color, size, freshness, flavor and texture


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Reviews (7)

Mary Bryant 5th Jan 2017

Yall get 6 stars out of 5

So easy to order, very helpful and polite team that helped my when I called, everything was packaged beautifully and it's the best caviar, creme fraiche and belinis I have ever had. I will be ordering again soon and have told EVERYONE I know about this company. Awesome value.

Laura Roden 25th Nov 2016

Tried 3, all good

We bought 3 to try: American Paddlefish Caviar American Hackleback Sturgeon Caviar American Bowfin Caviar All were delicious. The more than 3x price difference between the Bowfin and the Hackleback was not supported by the taste, since all were good. A couple of people said the Hackleback was the only one that did not have a "fishy" overtone, I did not detect any "fishiness" in the others. The Bowfin did seem to be the saltiest but that is just in comparison, by itself it is just mildly salty. The Paddlefish is interesting in that it was a pale pewter color which stands out, and the eggs are VERY soft - quite velvety. I would recommend this as a good counterpoint if you are doing a tasting with different colors and textures. It is quite elegant looking. In summary: if you are looking for a very tasty caviar at an incredibly low price, the Bowfin is amazing; especially if you are doing a party and need to buy a lot. The Paddlefish is interesting as described above. The Hackleback was liked by everyone and though it is expensive compared to Bowfin, it is a really great price compared to other sturgeon caviars.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Common Names:
Shovelnose Sturgeon, Sand Sturgeon, Hackelback, Switchtail
Scientific Name:
Scaphirhynchus Platorynchus
Sustainable, Wild Caught
Country of Origin:
Regular Product Price:
$24.00 - $375.00
Shelf Life:
4-6 weeks at 26° to 36° F
Egg Size:
Flavor Profile:
Sweet, Mild, Clean
Egg Color: