Cortez Bottarga is the first in the United States to produce bottarga - the sun cured roe of grey striped mullet. We are located on the Central Gulf Coast of Florida in the Cortez fishing village, one of the oldest working fishing villages in America that was founded in the late 1700's for its abundance of striped grey mullet. The clean waters surrounding the village and Anna Maria Island continue to maintain healthy stocks, known to be some of the highest quality grey mullet in the world, prized for its illustrious golden roe.
For decades, Cortez mullet roe was exported to Europe and Asia to be processed, until Cortez Bottarga started its own tradition of producing bottarga in an effort to add value to community and local fisherman and to produce the freshest highest quality bottarga in the world. We conduct the process from beginning to end, netting the fish, harvesting the roe, curing, drying and packaging the finished product. Giving the world a bottarga of superior quality and flavor, the way nature intended.
The waters surrounding Cortez fishing village is known to have some of the largest, finest quality grey mullet roe in the world. For decades, striped grey mullet roe from the Gulf of Mexico has been exported to Europe and Asia to be processed. We are proud to be the first in the United States to produce this rare delicacy for international consumption. It is here that Cortez Bottarga produces bottarga in the same hand-made way as has been done for thousands of years. The fishermen use hand-thrown cast nets and the mullet are brought to our dock within a few hours. Here the golden roe is immediately hand-harvested, salted, pressed and set to dry, to ensure optimum freshness and quality. We are confident that with the pristine waters of the bays and inlets surrounding Cortez Village we are able to produce some of the finest tasting striped grey mullet bottarga in the world.