French Bottarga "Memmi"
Bottarga is a salted, cured fish roe, from grey mullet. Often called “the poor man’s caviar,” fish eggs have been preserved this way for centuries and are popular both in the Mediterranean and in Asia.
The unique flavour of bottarga comes down to several factors, including the species of fish used and salinity. Grey mullet roe is often described as savoury, rich, umami, funky, briny, subtly salty, and fishy. The flavour is sometimes compared to that of dried anchovies, but bottarga’s texture is undeniably smooth.