In March of this year, Sarah Flotard had the privilege to shoot for client California Caviar company, a high end caviar supplier. She shot images of sturgen roe and salmon roe, also known as salmon caviar or ikura, refers to the eggs of salmon fish. Salmon roe eggs are larger than those of trout, and range in color from bright, glistening red orange as Sarah has captured here. They have a more pronounced briny and salty taste than trout roe, with a burst of umami flavor.
The California Caviar Company is the only vertically integrated caviar company in the U.S. Deborah Keane, who founded the company in 2007, says she’s seen caviar become unapproachable to consumers for two reasons. One, the availability of reliable sources. In the past decade, wild caviar was banned world-wide and farming became the method of necessity and choice.... It took years for sustainable farms to catch up; it takes up to 10 years to raise a sturgeon to produce 3-millimeter eggs. Two, the stocks depleted so rapidly that the prices shot up to unreasonable rates. But the supply is steadily increasing. In 2004, when Keane started farming, there were six farms raising sturgeon. This past year there were nearly 2,000 farms raising sturgeon around the world."
Salmon roe is commonly used in sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese dishes, as well as in Scandinavian cuisine. It is often served on a bed of rice, as a garnish for seafood dishes, or simply enjoyed as a snack. The texture is similar to that of trout roe, with a slightly firmer outer layer that gives way to a creamy, rich interior.
In terms of nutrition, salmon roe is high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and essential vitamins and minerals. It is also a good source of antioxidants, which help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. However, it is important to note that salmon roe can be high in sodium, so it should be enjoyed in moderation.
Salmon roe is a delicacy that is enjoyed by many around the world, both for its unique flavor and its nutritional benefits. Whether served on its own or as a topping for sushi or other dishes, salmon roe is a tasty and healthy addition to any meal.