Caviar – Luxury on a plate

Caviar reigns supreme in the list of luxury gourmet dining. Extremely expensive and found only on the plates of the super-wealthy, however, it is not a taste, which is universally loved. Caviar lovers will revel in its rich, creamy taste and cheer Ludwin Bemelmans for saying “Caviar is to dining what a sable coat is to a girl in evening dress”. Others who cannot understand what all the fuss is about will probably agree with William Drake who opined, “Have caviar if you like, but it tastes like herring to me”. Love it or hate it, there can be no doubt these pearly globules are considered ‘high luxury’ and a connoisseur’s delight. Here’s presenting to you Caviar – Luxury on a platecaviar1.

What is Caviar

Caviar is basically the salted and matured roe (mass of eggs) of the sturgeon fish. True caviar comes from only the sturgeon fish of which four are considered the best – beluga, osetra, sevruga, and sterlet. Traditionally the best caviar comes from the sturgeon in the Caspian Sea; however, overfishing has endangered these species. Caviar is now mostly made from farmed sturgeon. Other varieties of roe, which are often termed as caviar, are obtained from salmon, paddlefish, whitefish etc. They must however be prefixed with the fish name such as ‘salmon caviar’.

Production of Caviar

Traditionally Russia and Iran have been the largest producers of caviar, still producing 85 per cent of the world’s wild caviar. However, with the restriction of Sturgeon fishing, other countries like Italy, United States of America and France are also entering the arena producing good quality caviar with farmed Sturgeon.

Premium Sturgeon Species

Beluga – This is the best and most expensive caviar, taking more than 20 years to mature making it the rarest also. Dark grey in colour, large and fragile, it has a lovely buttery taste and delicate texture.

Osetra – These golden brown eggs are smaller than beluga and very popular too. It takes fifteen years to mature and the eggs are even sized and oily with a nutty flavour.A Sterlet Fish

Sevruga – This light grey roe is small and strongly flavoured. The fish takes seven years to mature and is more abundant than the other caviar varieties.

Sterlet – Extremely rare, dark grey in colour and small in size, this caviar has a strong flavour and wonderful taste. This fish takes five to seven years to mature.

Rating of Caviar

  • Caviar rating is done on the basis of:
  • Size and colour of the roe – generally the light coloured, large sturgeon roe is considered the best caviar,
  • 000 indicates light caviar,
  • 00 indicates medium colour,
  • 0 indicates dark.

Method of processing:

In decreasing order of quality the four types of processing are:

Malossol caviar: This low salt content caviar (less than 5 per cent) is the favourite pick of connoisseurs. Malossol means lightly salted and is often used synonymously with high quality caviar. Caviar nowadays is made with even lesser salt content of around 3.5 per cent.

Salted Caviar: Often called ‘semi-preserved’ this caviar has around 7 per cent salt content. Though this improves the shelf life, it may affect the flavour adversely.

Pressed Caviar: This is made from eggs, which are too soft, over-ripe, damaged or broken. It has a high salt content and is pressed to a paste like consistency. It has a strong, fishy flavour and may not be to the taste of all.

Pasteurized Caviar: The caviar is treated with heat and vacuum packed in glass jars. It is firmer than other types and if not processed properly the taste may be affected. It keeps for up to one year, unopened.

Did You Know

Salmon Caviar

  • Beluga is always sold in blue colour tins, osetra in yellow and sevruga in red.
  • The word caviar can be traced to the Persian word ‘khagavar’ meaning ‘eggs’.
  • Caviar should be removed from fridge fifteen minutes before serving and the box opened just before serving.
  • Caviar should never be frozen.
  • Metal or silver spoons should never be used to serve caviar. Pearl-shell, bone or plain plastic spoons can be used.
  • Caviar is served with blini or toast points and lemon wedges.
  • Caviar and ice-cold vodka is a classic combination.
  • Exclusive caviar spoons have been crafted by Faberge and Louis Vitton using gold, lapis lazuli, amber and pearl-shell.

Caviar has come a long way from being plentifully available as wild caviar to becoming a rarity. Today sustainable farming is responsible for putting caviar on our tables. In spite of its rarity and price, this exclusively subtle tasting delicacy will always be highly sought and beloved by all true lovers of fine dining.

Comments
All comments.
Comments

  1. tinyurl.com

    Hi, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog in Chrome, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up!
    Other then that, wonderful blog!

  2. http://tinyurl.com

    This post is invaluable. Where can I find out more?

  3. plenty of fish dating site

    Amazing blog! Do you have any recommendations for aspiring
    writers? I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a
    little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid
    option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely overwhelmed
    .. Any recommendations? Thanks!

  4. http://juventusdomo.it/

    Many thanks, this site is extremely practical.|

  5. LeonardKic

    The material is really interesting.

    http://mocinfo.org/

  6. Hectorsnign

    testosterone peli

    Wow, lovely site. Thnx …

  7. Hectorsnign

    http://ko21.fr/j-alvarez-&-jenny-la-sexy-voz—te-deseo/

    Awesome Website, Stick to the very good job. Many thanks.

  8. Hectorsnign

    potenzmittel für frauen und männer

    Thanks, this website is very practical.

  9. Herbertmor

    Many thanks really helpful. Will share website with my good friends. http://baraita.net/garcinia-cambogia-actives/

  10. Herbertmor

    Exceptionally user friendly website. Immense info available on couple of clicks. http://machinalansu.pl/semaxin/

  11. Herbertmor

    Great looking internet site. Presume you did a great deal of your own coding. http://zdravotnidesign.cz/piperinox/

  12. Herbertmor

    Wow, beautiful site. Thnx … http://suplementaciones.com/varicorin/

  13. Herbertmor

    Thanks a ton! It a amazing site. http://machinalansu.pl/sposoby-na-szybkie-odchudzanie/

  14. Herbertmor

    Neat Web site, Preserve the wonderful work. Thank you! http://machinalansu.pl/profolan/

  15. StacyHeads

    I charge out of the thesis on your websites. Value it! erezione poco duratura

  16. StacyHeads

    You’ve astonishing stuff on this spot. http://ko21.fr/expresar-deseo/

  17. Waynehaf

    Wow, admirable portal. Thnx … korzeĹ„ imbiru testosteron

  18. Waynehaf

    Awesome web-site you eat got there. http://newtargetgroup.it/pisello-medio/

  19. Waynehaf

    I dote on this situate – its so usefull and helpfull. http://es.detoxyn.org/centro-desintoxicacion-barcelona-precio/

  20. Waynehaf

    First-rate looking locate. Suspect you did a classify of your own coding. phallosan preis

  21. Waynehaf

    You be struck by arousing info right here. entgiftung der leber homöopathisch

  22. Waynehaf

    Keep someone going the stupefying job !! Lovin’ it! http://juventusdomo.it/aumentare-la-massa-muscolare-delle-gambe/

  23. Waynehaf

    Wow, extraordinary site. Thnx … http://fr.t-booster.org/testosterone-enhancer/

  24. Waynehaf

    thnx in the interest of sharing this neat websites. integratore per capelli uomo

  25. Waynehaf

    Preserve the close creation and generating the press! falta de testosterona

  26. Waynehaf

    Eximious internet situation! It looks outrageously professional! Support the fantabulous job! http://fr.global-box.net/detoxification-chien/

  27. Waynehaf

    You’ve the most capable web-sites. testosterone gel risultati

  28. Waynehaf

    Multitudinous thanks! This is an astounding trap install! http://bloggg.org/productos-para-hacer-masa-muscular/

  29. Waynehaf

    Wow, admirable placement. Thnx … http://de.testosteron.space/naturlicher-testosteron-booster/

  30. nike max

    My husband and i felt contented Raymond could do his researching through the entire precious recommendations he obtained in your site. It’s not at all simplistic to just choose to be offering information and facts that people might have been selling. We really do know we have the blog owner to give thanks to for this. The explanations you’ve made, the easy website menu, the friendships your site make it easier to foster – it’s got mostly fantastic, and it is aiding our son in addition to us consider that that article is cool, which is seriously fundamental. Thank you for the whole thing!

  31. curry 4

    I have to get across my appreciation for your generosity in support of all those that really want assistance with the concept. Your real commitment to getting the message across came to be surprisingly invaluable and have regularly enabled people just like me to reach their aims. Your insightful tips and hints indicates a great deal a person like me and extremely more to my office colleagues. Regards; from all of us.