A Tradition of quality

For those who appreciate caviar's unique qualities and refined taste.

Caviar is a luxury treat people have used to complement dishes and please taste buds for thousands of years. This delicacy consists of unfertilized fish eggs — specifically, various types of sturgeon roe. Caviar is one of the oldest known delicacies and was traditionally a food only the wealthy or royal could experience.

While caviar first appeared in regions close to the Caspian and Black Seas, it has since become a well-known addition to many delightful menus. The American caviar industry began in 1873, but the fish were almost extinct due to overfishing by the 1900s. Today, you can find farm-raised caviar that provides consumers with a sustainable way to enjoy the delicacy while protecting the wild species.

A Tradition of Quality

For those who appreciate caviar's unique qualities and refined taste.

Caviar is a luxury treat people have used to complement dishes and please taste buds for thousands of years. This delicacy consists of unfertilized fish eggs — specifically, various types of sturgeon roe. Caviar is one of the oldest known delicacies and was traditionally a food only the wealthy or royal could experience.

While caviar first appeared in regions close to the Caspian and Black Seas, it has since become a well-known addition to many delightful menus. The American caviar industry began in 1873, but the fish were almost extinct due to overfishing by the 1900s. Today, you can find farm-raised caviar that provides consumers with a sustainable way to enjoy the delicacy while protecting the wild species.

Oldest Known Delicacy

Types of Caviar

Caviar was first harvested by Russian and Persian fishermen in the Black and Caspian Seas. Today, farm-raised caviar allows for the delicacy to be enjoyed in a sustainable way while protecting the species in the wild.

Beluga

Caviar from the Beluga sturgeon (Huso huso) comes from the Caspian Sea and is the most highly prized and expensive type of caviar. With soft, very large eggs, Beluga caviar is typically silver or black in color. An adult Beluga sturgeon weighs in at around 2,500 pounds and can live over 100 years old.

Kaluga Hybrid

Caviar from the Kaluga Hybrid sturgeon is known for its balanced and distinct flavor. Its pearls are large and boast a mesmerizing deep grey color, sometimes with flecks of jade. Kaluga Hybrid caviar is the closest you can get to Beluga caviar in terms of size, color, and taste. Because the Kaluga sturgeon is critically endangered in the wild, it is best enjoyed from farmed and sustainable sources.

Ossetra

Caviar from the Ossetra sturgeon is one of the most prized and expensive, runner-up to Beluga caviar. It is known for having a stronger taste than Beluga caviar and has a distinct taste that is both nutty and buttery. Its pearls range in color from deep black to light gold. Ossetra sturgeon live to 50 years old and can weigh 50-400 pounds.

Siberian Sturgeon

Caviar from the Sturgeon is very similar to Osetra caviar. It’s glossy, dark medium to small-sized pearls boast a clean, buttery taste. The Siberian sturgeon is easier to breed and grows more quickly than its counterparts, and it can live up to 60 years of age. Weighing no more than 100 pounds, the Siberian sturgeon is actually one of the smaller sturgeons.

Putting it Together

Caviar Food Pairings

Caviar is absolutely delicious and luxurious, but on its own, it doesn't always constitute a complete dish. Many people want to make caviar the star of the show while also including other elements in the meal. Fortunately, there are plenty of thoughtful and complementary food pairings that can enhance the flavor of the caviar while creating a full, satisfying meal.

If you want to make caviar a part of a multi-course meal or a simple bite to offer at a special gathering, you have plenty of options besides serving it solo on tasting spoons. If you want to add a little something extra for more textures and flavors, consider some of these delicious ideas:

  • Place a small amount of caviar atop unsalted crackers or toast points.
  • Top a blini with a bit of smoked salmon and caviar.
  • Spoon a small amount caviar atop deviled eggs.
  • Combine caviar with a touch of light and airy crème-fraiche.
  • Crisp up mini latkes and top with dill cream and caviar.

Caviar in a Main Course

If you prefer to incorporate caviar into a main dish, there are several options for doing so. Here are a few ideas for incorporating caviar into your entrée:

  • Spoon caviar over seared scallops with an herb butter sauce.
  • Pile a small amount of caviar atop a tender filet of beef.
  • Serve poached oysters in their shells and top with beurre blanc and caviar.
  • Mix caviar into a salmon tartare with sweet onion and fresh lime juice.
  • Brighten up flavors in a classic remoulade with a touch of caviar.
  • Include caviar, sour cream and chives into a classic French omelet.

Caviar with Drinks

Although food pairings with caviar are certainly important, you don't want to forget the drink pairings along the way. The beverages served with caviar can have a significant impact on the overall effect of the meal, so it's important to carefully consider which types of beverages best accompany this exceptional ingredient. Here are some of the top drink pairings with caviar:

  • White wines with dry notes are excellent for pairing with a caviar that's a bit more on the briny side, such as Osetra caviar.
  • Champagne's bubbly effervescence is a perfect pairing with buttery, nutty and creamy options like Beluga caviar.
  • Vodka is another excellent complement for caviar, especially when selecting a very clean and smooth high-end vodka served ice cold.

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