Known as ‘the poor man’s caviar’, lumpfish eggs (œufs de lompe) are much cheaper than ‘real’ caviar. When they come out of the fish, they are grey, and then dyed red or black. You’ll find then in little jars by the smoked salmon; they are popular on blinis.
Most lumpfish are caught in Iceland or Denmark. They are currently being raised, along with wrasse (labre), as a natural way to gobble up the sea lice on farmed salmon.
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