Caviar for Dummies – Russian Food Tour Saint Petersburg
How to sound like you know what you are talking about when it comes to Caviar even if you’ve never had any.
Roe refers to fish eggs, Caviar is salted or cured Roe.
What does come come from?
There are different Sturgeon species some are rare, and they take many years to produce Roe, which makes it extremely expensive the more rare the species of Sturgeon are.
Traditionally, the term caviar refers only to roe from wild sturgeon in the Caspian Sea and Black Sea (Beluga, Ossetra and Sevruga caviars). Depending on the country,caviar may also be used to describe the roe of other species of sturgeon or other fish such as salmon, steelhead, trout, lumpfish, whitefish, or carp.
Where does Caviar come from traditionally?
The main types of caviar are Beluga, Sterlet, Kaluga hybrid, American osetra, Ossetra, Siberian sturgeon and Sevruga. The rarest and costliest is from beluga sturgeon that swim in the Caspian Sea, which is bordered by Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan.
There are 27 Species of Sturgeon
Wild vs Aqua Farmed?
Beluga would be considered top tier , only found in the Caspian Sea. Wild Sturgeon Stocks are threatened so producers have turned to Aqua Farms, nowadays Sturgeon are farmed in Fish Farms with very few existing in the Wild.
How long does it take to milk the Surgeon of their eggs?
It takes 7 years from start to finish, to produce Roe Bearing Sturgeon while Beluga can take up to 20 Years to mature.
How big do sturgeon get?
Several species can grow quite large, typically ranging 7–12 feet (2-3½ m) in length. The largest sturgeon on record was a Beluga female captured in the Volga estuary in 1827, weighing 1,571 kg (3,463 lb) and 7.2 m (24 ft) long.
Only females produce eggs
You can’t tell by looking at a Sturgeon whether it is a male or female. You have to look inside, now days you use ultrasound to see what the sex of the Sturgeon is
Are Sturgeon Killed for their eggs?
Short Answer, Yes they are, but some species can be milked for their eggs.
How much Caviar comes from one sturgeon?
Each female yields from 17 to 20 kgs of roe. Smaller sturgeon, such as the osetra or sevruga, yield 200g to 2kgs roe each.
The elite beluga is expensive, particularly if it is imported.
What does caviar taste like?
Caviar is delicious, think light fish tasting burst in your mouth.
“Kinda salty and fishy. Really good caviar tastes less salty (which means it must be very, very fresh, because it spoils easily). The really distinctive aspect of caviar is more about its texture. The eggs pop on your tongue, and the rich, slightly sweet taste oozes into your mouth and the flavor fills your nose”
How to eat Caviar?
Keep it chilled
Don’t use a metal spoon but rather a bone or wooden spoon, or plastic spoon
Eat with Champagne or Vodka or Prosecco , White Wines.
In Russia it is typical to have your caviar rolled in blini
A blini is a Russian pancake or crepe that is made from wheat or buckwheat flour.
How much does caviar cost?
The most expensive of all caviar, and indeed the world’s most expensive food is ‘Almas’, from the Iranian Beluga fish – 1 kg (2 lb 3 oz) of this ‘black gold’ is regularly sold for £20,000 (then $34,500).
It is typical for Russian children to grow up with Caviar most have the cheaper variety of trout or Salmon
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