One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The flesh of the sturgeon, used as food.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in James Thacher (1754–1844). From Albany, the name of the capital city of New York State + beef, in reference to the abundance of the fish in the waters of the Hudson River near Albany.
Albany beef/ˌɒlbəni ˈbiːf//ˌɔːlbəni ˈbiːf/
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