While Japan, Italy, France all claim that Botargue originated from their respective countries, Tunisia has been producing this Dried Mullet Roe since a thousand years ago.
Dried Mullet Roe is considered a delicacy.
Asians slice and roast it and use it for a drinking snack delicacy while Italians like to shave it over their pasta to add an unrivalled taste profile to their dish.
Japanese Karasumi comes well packaged and presented and is usually given as a gift. However, prices are high.
Here, Opus Verticals imports from an artisan in Tunisia that is supplying all the best restaurants in Tunis and also to France, Italy and other parts of Europe.
Lighter coloured ones are used for slicing and the darker ones are more suitable for shaving over pasta.