Did you know there is a National Caviar Day? Neither did we. (Then again, in the nether-sphere of the internet there seems to be a national day for just about everything.)
So what about caviar– what is it exactly? Where does it come from? And how come Russian caviar is so expensive? In honor of National Caviar Day we bring you the roe-down on these fancy fish eggs.
What is Caviar?
Caviar is fish roe or eggs that have been cured in salted brine. Authentic caviar refers to the roe from wild sturgeon, a fish that is native to the fresh waters of Caspian and Black Sea. The three main types of sturgeon that produce caviar are beluga, sevruga and osetra.
While you can find a number of fish egg products labeled caviar, including salmon roe (ikura), real caviar comes in the form of tiny pearly black fish eggs from sturgeon. It’s like calling a sparkling wine from Italy, Champagne!