Keta Salmon Caviar consists of the roe of the Keta Salmon (Oncorhynchus keta), also known as the Alaska Chum Salmon or the Dog Salmon. The Keta Salmon gets its name from the Chinook word “tzum”, which means “spotted” or “marked”, and when the adults are near spawning, they have purple markings near their caudal fin. They otherwise have a silvery blue-green colour. Keta Salmon have been known to travel more than 3,000 km up the Yukon River to spawn, and the female can lay up to 4,000 eggs. Keta Salmon mature by 5 years of age, and live for around 7 years. They weigh, on average, between 6 and 17 lbs.
As the most popular type of salmon caviar, Keta Salmon Caviar has extra-large, firm grains, with a bright, red-orange colour and a sweet, refreshing flavour. Keta Salmon Caviar is very high on lean protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. High grade Keta Salmon Caviar can have a bead diameter larger than 5 mm, has a longer shelf life than many other caviars, and can be suitable for freezing if done correctly.