Yorkshire have announced a new delicacy far away from the traditions of parkin and Yorkshire puddings. The latest in food of the North comes at a whopping £100 a tin and comes from a family run business at Premier Farming Yorkshire. The company is about to produce its own caviar from imported sturgeon at their fish farm that lies on the outskirts of Leeds.
The company have a specific license that allows them to extract the eggs of Sturgeon who are aged between 10-12 months using a natural harvesting technique that involves gently massaging the females stomach rather than the traditional way in which the fish were killed. The Sturgeon are thought to produce their first batch of eggs later this month.
This is the first-time Caviar will have been produced in Yorkshire so those at the business are incredibly excited for the results and are aiming to sell 50g for £100 to a London Restaurant. The Premier Farming Company are delighted that the fish will not be harmed in the making of caviar and are working in conservation with experts to help reinstate Sturgeon into protected breeding areas based in Hungary and Bulgaria over the next two to three years.
Traditional methods of caviar production would mean the company would have to kill three million Sturgeon to reach their production target of 2020, but with the new more humane technique they are able to achieve their target from just 500 female fish all of whom should still be alive in 2030 and beyond. The maturing process takes four to six weeks once the eggs have been harvested and although names have not been revealed yet a top London Restaurant has already snapped up the caviar deal. It appears Yorkshire is taking a stand in the food world and smashing the `its grim up North` stereotypes.