The Food of Kings: Caviar or khavyar

History

The term caviar elicits such thoughts of affluence and grandeur that even William Shakespeare mentioned it in his Hamlet when he said: “Caviar to the general” meaning trivial since caviar is just a dream to the common people. The word caviar comes from the Turkish word: Khavyar. It was once consumed only by royalties as it was considered a kind of luxurious and extravagant treat. Later, sturgeon (Caviar Fish) was discovered in the US waters in abundance which lead to lowering its prices by exporting to Europe and around the world. Due to that, US was the largest exporter in the world. Another major resource of caviar was in Russia which had been always considered premium. But unfortunately, as it is always with man, sturgeon was over-fished, caused its scarcity in the waters to the point of extinction, the thing which lead to a jump in the prices. As a result, cheap and domestic caviar was sought as a compensation which was found later in salmon roe (Red Caviar), whitefish (Golden Caviar) and lumpfish…etc Sturgeon is a saltwater fish that can be located mostly in Black sea, Caspian Sea, Pacific Northwest and southern Atlantic coasts of the United States.

 

Caviar Varieties

We have varieties of caviar to distinguish among many types, flavors and colors, some of which are:

- Beluga: from sturgeon. This one is soft and clear with large eggs. The color ranges from silver to black. It’s considered the highest grade.

- Osetra: from sturgeon. Medium-sized grey eggs and considered second in quality.

- Sevruga: from sturgeon. Relatively small eggs but strong flavor.

- Sterlet: from sturgeon. Small golden eggs. This type was once considered the best premium quality and the most expensive. It was preserved only for high rank people but it is extinct nowadays and not available in the market anymore.

- Lumpfish caviar: Very small eggs usually black. It is Popular and affordable.

- American Caviar: from paddlefish: medium-sized roe with muddy taste.

- Whitefish caviar: known as golden caviar with small eggs and less complex flavor.

Salmon caviar: known as red caviar. Medium-sized eggs. It is the alternative choice recommended for the more expensive sturgeon varieties.

Is it Healthy?

 Caviar is rich with cholesterol, and contains vitamin A and D in addition to Omiga3 fatty acid, which according to some researchers can prevent depression. It is a cure used for memory loss or memory weakness for containing acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter.

Also, caviar is known as an aphrodisiac (foods of love) because it contains arginine, a natural vascular dilator that helps increase blood flow. Thus, it is very useful for impotency.

It’s important to mention here that caviar should be served very cold in a non-metallic bowl lest the caviar absorbs the metallic flavor. It should be placed in a small bowl filled with ice in a bigger bowl to preserve the coldness and to be served preferably solo without additives.

One last fact: airlines purchase almost fifty percent of the international caviar stockpile to be served to their first class passengers!

Now we are done talking about the history and types of caviar, we will come to see a live process of harvesting caviar. Iran, among many countries, is very famous and well-known of their fine caviar. Their main source comes from the Caspian Sea where sturgeon is located. Bone appetite everyone!

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hafeezrm 5 years ago from Pakistan

I have traveled a lot in countries around Caspian Sea in particular Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan on training assignments. I was given lavish parties on the conclusion of training workshop. I had the occasion to eat caviar. But due to heaps of goods foods and language barriers, I do not distinctly remember the taste. Being a trainer in banking, all the trainees would try to offer me what they think would be best for me.

After reading you hub and seeing pictures, I have more awareness and on my next visit I would insist only on Beluga.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Thanks RKHenry, it's an honor :)


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RKHenry 7 years ago from Your neighborhood museum

I would not mine trying the Whitefish.

Wonderfully written. Love the images. One of your best hubs by far. Excellent. I loved it.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

I agree ralwus that they have to kill the poor fish for that! Thanks my friend.


ralwus 7 years ago

I ahve watched them harvest it. Amazing, too bad they can't squeeze it out and save the fish. They can do it with salmon. It is good eating, 'cept for the low quality stuff.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

I taseted it and it's a little salty but fine :). Thanks catherine


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_catherine_ 7 years ago

nice!have you tasted it shamelabboush?

i'm not sure if i can eat it though.


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_catherine_ 7 years ago

nice!have you tasted it shamelabboush?

i'm not sure if i can eat it though.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Glad to hear that Peggy, at least you didn't hate the taste that much! Thanks for commenting.


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Peggy W 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

Many years ago we were members of a wine club and for one event we met in a hotel suite and got to match up drinking champagne with beluga, osetra and sevruga caviers. It was interesting and I can now say that I have tasted the three varieties. Do I like them? Let's put it this way, if I never taste a morsel again it will be fine with me.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

hehehe, neither would I :), but I MIGHT try...


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cathy_cute 7 years ago

this is very interesting.....

poor caviars...i won't eat them...never,not even a bite....


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

You should try it GM, it's not that bad! Thanks for visiting dear.


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GeneriqueMedia 7 years ago from Earth

Awesome pix, great info...

...still won't eat it, though. ;)

G|M


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Randy, thank you for stopping by.

Lgali, appreciate your visit.

Shalini, ys, they're yummy with cheese :)


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

Great informative hub - like RKH, I didn't realise they got so much from one!

Blinis with caviar and cream cheese....mmmmmm!


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Lgali 7 years ago

This is a very informative hub


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Randy Behavior 7 years ago from Near the Ocean

I love caviar on little potato pancakes with creme fresh, Yum. I had no idea they got so many eggs from one sturgeon! Great pics!


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shamelabboush 7 years ago Author

Dear badcompany99, I am always honoured to be visited by you :)

Dear MightyMom, hope you had some caviar last night :) Enjoy...

Dear MellasViews, getting caviar is like getting a flower, you will hurt yourself but I think it is worth it...


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MellasViews 7 years ago from Earth

This is a very informative hub... but gosh... sick man. I dont know who could eat that!!!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

As a hub, this is delicious! You did a wonderful job in your descriptions and history and the photos -- superb!

I personally detest caviar. But I adore your avatar! MM


badcompany99 7 years ago

Great pics and a really good hub, you get better my friend, nice one !

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