Caviar is a luxurious gourmet food with a unique taste and texture. Unless you have tried caviar firsthand, you may be wondering what caviar is, what it tastes like, and how to eat it. And check out this blog post about 14 of the world’s most expensive food items, including caviar.
What Is Caviar Made Of?
Caviar is a luxury food product made from the unfertilized eggs (roe) of sturgeon, a type of fish found in the Caspian and Black Seas. The eggs are often salt-cured for preservation and taste enhancement. There are various types of caviar, depending on the species of sturgeon the eggs come from. Notable types include Beluga, Kaluga, Osetra, Sevruga, and American caviar.
Caviar has a unique taste that is a bit salty and a bit fishy. The flavor profile varies depending on the sturgeon species the caviar comes from. Some caviar has a buttery, nutty flavor, while others may have a sweet or mineral-like taste. Beluga, for example, has a creamy and smooth taste, while Sevruga has a stronger, fuller flavor. Caviar has an acquired taste for many, but connoisseurs appreciate the complexity and depth of flavors offered by caviar.
The texture of caviar is one of its most distinctive and appealing characteristics. The tiny, bead-like eggs have a delicate feel that is silky on the palate. One of the most enticing aspects of caviar is the distinct pop that occurs when the eggs are pressed against the roof of the mouth, releasing the flavor.
Each type of caviar has its unique texture. The eggs may range from firm to tender, but they should never be so soft that they are mushy.
How to Eat Caviar
It is tradition to eat caviar on its own to appreciate its rich and delicate flavor. But you can also pair it with non-aromatic foods, such as plain crackers or blinis, and a dollop of creme fraiche. Always serve caviar chilled and on ice. Never eat it with a metal spoon because it can alter the taste. Use a spoon made of mother of pearl, bone, or plastic.
To experience the full range of flavors and textures, place a small amount of caviar on your tongue and press it against the roof of your mouth. Allow the eggs to burst and release their flavor. Enjoying caviar is not just about the taste, but also about the experience. So take your time and relish every bite.