Besides these three main caviar types, there are other cheaper alternatives.
The United States once led the world’s caviar industry producing nearly 90% of the caviar worldwide. Caviar was a typical delicacy readily available in all food stores and restaurants. As the supply dwindled, like other countries, the US began sturgeon farming. The initiative aimed at saving the industry and preserving the sturgeons from extinction.
The sturgeon species kept in these farms are Baerii, Osetra, and White Sturgeon. They are kept in artesian-well waters where their food is toxic free. Also, no predators are endangering their existence. Farmed caviar is a cheap, high-quality alternative for caviar lovers.
Some have been misled to think that the name refers to caviar from America. However, since the true caviar comes from the Caspian Sea sturgeons, American caviar is from American lake sturgeons. Its roe is of the same quality as of the sevruga caviar.
Sometimes marketed as American caviar, this type of caviar has the quality of the beluga caviar. But the roe is clear with glossy beads. It is a better replacement of the Beluga caviar.