Beluga (Huso huso) x Sterlet (Acipenser ruthenus)
Due to the lack of availability of Beluga caviar and the complexity of farming the species, many producers began cross-breeding Beluga with other faster-producing sturgeon species.
Our Beluga Hybrid is the result of cross-breeding Beluga with Sterlet sturgeon and is widely referred to as Bester. Bester was first produced in the former Soviet Union at the Teplovsky fish farm in the Saratov region in1952.
It is a unique product that exhibits the size and flavour profile of Beluga with the early maturity of the smaller Sterlet sturgeon, providing an alternative to the limited supplies of Beluga.
Males reach maturity at 8-9 years and 9-14 years for females. Bester typically grows to about 30 kilogrammes and 1.8 metres in length. Lifespan can be between 20-40 years.