The story of Polanco Caviar.

The story of Polanco Caviar.

Photo and Plate by Jam Fornier (IG handle @eatsbyjam and @Jamariestar)

Polanco is a product originating in the sturgeon farm belonging to Estuario del Plata in the waters of Rio Negro, in South America.

A rushing stream that from its source in Brazil to its mouth into the Uruguay River flows through the middle of a country known for its soil fertility, and air and water purity.


In the fresh waters of Rio Negro which get cold in winter and temperate in summer, two decades ago sturgeons found the perfect habitat to naturally grow and spawn the only Caviar in the world coming from the Southern Hemisphere.

Sturgeon feed is specially prepared on-farm by Estuario del Plata, selecting the best ingredients in the area.

San Gregorio De Polanco, a small town of artisanal fishermen located on the northern bank of Rio Negro.

Legend has it that the town was founded on remnants of ancient indigenous peoples who arrived on the river bank looking for the large amount of fish provided by the Hum (the name said people gave to the Rio Negro).

This might be the reason artisanal fishing has always been one of the most common activities in San Gregorio de Polanco.

The town is also known because of the wall paintings on the houses and buildings facades that turn this peaceful fishing town into the only open Visual Arts Museum of Latin America.