- Species: Polyodon spathula
- Sustainable: Yes
- Environment: Wild-caught
- Location: United States
Spoonbill roe is enjoying popularity due to its resemblance to highly regarded Osetra and Sevruga caviar, though some do not consider it a true caviar because it is harvested from the American paddlefish.
Having evolved alongside sturgeons, paddlefish bear significantly similar roe. With the rise of domestic caviar, spoonbill roe has become a sought-after alternative to prohibitively expensive and overfished Caspian sturgeon caviar. American paddlefish are native to the Mississippi River basin, and can be found in at least 22 states throughout the United States.
Paddlefish roe is described as similar in size and color to Sevruga, ranging in color from pale silver to steel grey. The flavor profile of spoonbill roe, however, has been compared to Osetra— one of the most prized caviar varieties worldwide. Its rich, earthy flavor and smooth, buttery texture makes this domestic roe an indulgent treat.
Khavyar’s spoonbill caviar is wild-caught in the United States from the waters of Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee. Though paddlefish roe has long been a part of the fishing culture in these states, it is now reaching a wider audience as it continues to be discovered by caviar newcomers and seasoned epicureans alike.
Serve spoonbill caviar as you would a fine Osetra, or experiment with the more Americanized serving suggestion of dressing crackers with paddlefish roe and a bit of lime.