My notochord will go on

We bring you an important update in the vein of nose-to-tail eating.

True fact: modern sturgeon don’t have vertebrae.*

They do have a cartilaginous sheath around their spinal cord, called a notochord. When you’re cleaning a sturgeon, you can yank it out like a big white noodle. It’s considered a delicacy in Russia called vesiga. Not only that, but it was used on a garnish on a soup called Consommé Olga** in the last meal served on the Titanic.

Ermagerd! Spinal cord!

Do I smell… spinal tissue?

It turns out you can still get your hands on some vesiga here in the 21st century. Acadian Sturgeon— a sturgeon farm in Canada– sells not only caviar and sturgeon’s reputedly amazing swordfish-like meat, but more exotic bits as well including vesiga (labeled here as “cartilage and bone marrow”).

*Sturgeon apparently started off with a normal vertebrate skeleton eons ago, then decided bones were unnecessary and got rid of them. Their body structure is now quite minimalist. I almost said bare-bones but it’s gone rather beyond that by now….

**I had no idea, but apparently Titanic reenactment dinners are a thing? Classy recipe for Consommé Olga here. Hilarious review of soups from all three passenger classes here.

My notochord will go on

My notochord will go on


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