>> Belgium maybe be better known for its beer, chocolate, and waffles. But it's caviar that's in demand here in the run up to Christmas.>> Yeah, here in Western Europe it is typical that by the end of the year, Christmas time, New Year. That most of the caviar is sold.
Let's say two thirds of the total yearly production is sold. In our country, over the last two months, November, December.>> Royal Belgian Caviar sells this precious sturgeon roe for up to 4,000 Euro per kilogram. That's $2,000 US per pound. And it has been known to decorate the table of the British Royal Family.
If you're feeling queasy, you may want to look away now. This fish farm tries to out do its rivals by offering the freshest roe possible. Via a slaughter to order system, where the harvesting takes place at the very last moment. Ensuring eggs are exposed to the air for just 15 minutes between collecting and packaging.
Sturgeon farming can be a long process depending on the variety of sturgeon. Some eggs are not ready to harvest until the fish turns 18 years old. By which time they can weigh as much as 200 kilograms or 440 pounds at the point of slaughter. Now, that's a lot of caviar.