A LOOK AT THE PAST

A LOOK AT THE PAST

‌By Caviar House & Carpet Club

The sturgeon has existed since the beginning of time – some fossils have been found on the Baltic coast – and the shape of it has never changed since the Jurassic period (about 180 million years BC).

This fish is a primitive, “living fossil”, with a skeleton made up essentially of cartilage and therefore very few bones.
Sturgeon meat has been highly appreciated for centuries but its eggs only began to be appreciated for their delicacy in the 16th century.

Around 2400 BC, first the Egyptians and then the Phoenicians began to preserve this fish and its eggs with salt, immersing them in brine for preservation in times of war, famine or long journeys.

The bas-reliefs of the necropolis of Tit, near the Egyptian pyramid of Saqqarah, illustrate the work of anglers who gutted the fish and recovered their eggs. Some coins dating back to 600 BC. coming from the port of Carthage (which was Phoenician before becoming Tunisian) depict sturgeons.

In the 5th century BC, Panticapea, the capital of the Greek kingdom of the Bosporus, minted a coin that also depicted a sturgeon.