For many years Caspian Sea caviar, harvested from the Beluga, Osetra, and Sevruga, Sturgeon were the only true and acceptable forms of caviar. Today, that definition has expanded to include roe from many different varieties of fish, both wild-caught and products of aquaculture farming. From Hackleback to Herring, the nuances of flavor and variations in color, texture, and size, have come to be valued instead of dismissed. Explore our vast range of delightful caviar alternatives and experience the full scope of this luxury food.
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Though purists will always insist that there is only one caviar, the modern market points to a different conclusion. Contemporary gourmands are unanimous in their agreement that these alternative sources are just as good as the traditional -pricey- Russian sturgeon caviar. Countries from all over the world: Bulgaria, California, France, and Uruguay, each boast a burgeoning caviar industry, and while Russia and Iran are still major hubs of production for the luxurious eggs their list of competitors continues to grow. Sterlet ranks high on the list of possible substitutions. Often misread as Sevruga, Sterlet is relatively small with grey pearls ranging in hue from light to dark. Their intense flavor and spectacular bursting texture make them a unanimous favorite. Herring is another caviar that has a lot of favorable characteristics. With its inky black color, it has the same elegant look as more expensive forms of caviar. A delicate texture and pleasant smokey flavor drive home the popularity of this delicious roe. Finally, Payusnaya, also known as pressed caviar, is a great way option for those unable to afford more expensive caviars. During the process of separating the beads of roe from their sac, some of the delicate orbs are broken. This crushed caviar is then gathered and saved to make pressed caviar. Seasoned with salt and hung in linen bags to eliminate any extra moisture, that same amazing flavor is there, just without the characteristic “pop” so many of us prize. With intense savory flavor, pressed caviar is the ideal addition to pasta and other cooked dishes. It’s also excellent scraped over toast points or added to sauces, dressings, and canapés! Try any of these fantastic alternatives today and experience all the facets of what caviar can be!
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