By TTNews Reporter Shao, Yu-Min
TAIPEI, TAIWAN (TTNews) – Sturgeon, also known the emperor fish, is considered to the crown jewel of the sea regardless in Oriental or Western countries. According to the legend, the sturgeon cuisine was the Qing Dynasty Empress Dowager Cixi’s favorite; in the meantime, it was also regarded as one of the three treasures of the Qing Dynasty Imperial Palace. About a century ago, when the European monarchs and aristocrats and upper-class society were hosting a banquet or ball, they also often served the sturgeon cuisines in order to impress their guests.
The sturgeon is known as the largest freshwater fish species among others, and also one of the existing rare ancient fish species. It is thought to have lived at the same time as dinosaurs, dating back to the Cretaceous period about billion years ago. Due to its stubborn tolerance, the sturgeon can resist to the changes of nature and climate. Because of that, it is sometimes also known as “a living fossil”. At present, there are about 28 species of fish in the family Acipenseridae. Most species of sturgeons are mainly distributed across three continents of the northern hemisphere, including Europe, Asia and North America. Chinese sturgeon is an aquatic animal strictly protected by the Chinese government, listed as “national treasure” much like its mammalian counterpart, the giant panda.
Apart from the sturgeon is noted for its naturally sweet and pleasant taste and high nutritional value, any parts of the fish is unimaginably precious. Such the supreme sturgeon caviar is made from over 10-year-old sturgeons’ eggs, which makes it considerably expensive and valuable.