Caviar at its FinestCaviar is probably the most luxurious delicacy the world over. It’s no wonder with the flavorsranging from buttery to nutty and the textures that blend so beautifully with the properamounts of crème fraiche. Much like wine and cigars, enthusiasts around the world dedicatemuch of their time finding the best caviar money can buy. With a little knowledge of thehistory and cultivation of this delicacy, it can easily be seen why there are so many imitators,trying to bring the fine tastes of caviar to the rest of the public. It just isn’t the same though.Imitators like trout and salmon caviar lack the fine textures and flavors of true sturgeoncaviar. Any true gourmand knows that only the best caviar comes from sturgeon swimming in the Caspian Sea; that is beluga caviar. However, what the aspiring gourmand might not know is that there are other, more rare varieties of caviar that are found elsewhere. Osetra caviar has many varieties differing not only in flavor, but in bead size and overall texture as well.Many connoisseurs of caviar will actually claim to prefer a few of the osetra caviar varietiesto that of beluga. One of the rarest caviars on the market is golden osetra caviar. As its namedictates, this caviar is a rich golden color with the rich nutty flavors wild osetra is famous forbut with a hint of sea spray. Lighter flavor varieties are available for those with a moredelicate palate. On the other hand, when it comes to pure indulgence, nothing exceeds theauthority of classic beluga caviar. Beluga caviar doesn’t have varieties like osetra caviar perse, rather the location of cultivating caviar makes the difference in flavor, much like wineand cigars. Not all beluga caviar comes from the Caspian, being as the beluga sturgeon isfound elsewhere as well. River beluga caviar is absolutely as fine as Caspian Sea caviar, butbeware of fakers. Many companies will mention the word “beluga” on the container butwhen you look at the location of the company or even the ingredients, you may see that thisis simply a marketing ploy.Next…
Worldwide, there are many different suppliers of caviar however the leading suppliers arewithin Iran which borders the Caspian Sea. Following Iranian companies are Russiancompanies however this is probably due to the low cost of most Russian caviar. Farmedcaviar are produced form such European countries as Italy and Spain, where Spain actuallyhas an organic farm. Other caviar farms may be found in the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia in2007 has officially began the harvesting of caviar.