Today is National Caviar Day! We are celebrating all things caviar with some caviar fun facts and recipes. Want to impress? Well, stick around and I’ll fill you in on food that was meant for royalty!
So, I’m not much of an adventurer in the food department, and I have to admit right here and now that I have never actually tried caviar. I hear that it tastes a lot like salty fish. Since I don’t love fish unless it is in the form of fish sticks, I hesitate to try fish eggs. But I do have an open mind…
I started out by doing a bit of research and found some fun facts that you might not know about caviar:
True caviar comes from the sturgeon, which lives in the Caspian or Black Sea. Species of sturgeon such as Beluga, Sevruga and Ossetra are considered the finest caviar in the world.
A female Sturgeon can weigh up to 300 pounds and roughly 25 percent of that is fish eggs, or caviar. Ummm… that would be 75 pounds of fish eggs. At roughly 100 dollars per ounce (yes, I said ounce), that fish is worth a ton of money. Which explains why they are over fished and near extinction.
The US imports nearly 60 percent of the world caviar supply
Caviar contains acetylcholine, a chemical that makes you more resistant to alcohol, believe it or not. That is why it is paired with alcohol in many instances.
Caviar isn’t always pricey
You can get the less fancy versions of roe from other types of fish. But in either case, the best way to store it is on ice in your fridge. You see, it needs to stay around 32 degrees Fahrenheit in order to stay fresh. An unopened container will last four to six weeks, but once you open it, you need to eat it.
A little known fact about caviar is that it can’t touch metal like silver. The eggs will taste like metal instead of fish. You need to serve it in a glass bowl and use a wooden, glass or gold spoon. Fancy!
In comparison, fish sticks just need a bit of ketchup and a smile. Just saying.
Since caviar is salty, it should be served with salt-less crackers or Melba toast.
Caviar is Healthy
It has tons of protein, vitamins and is low in calories, which gives it a bit of an advantage over the lowly fish stick, but frankly my fish sticks are only $2.00 for a box of 40. So, I’m still leaning that way.
Caviar is also used for beauty treatments, and facials. The oil extracted from caviar is great for healing burns.
So, want to try it out now? Check out any of the recipes above and of course you could check out this American Caviar Sampler Gift Set – without spoon
The spoon is extra. Ha!
Or you can throw a whole batch of fish sticks in the oven and go grab the ketchup. Your choice.
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