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Celebrating National Caviar Day

Celebrating National Caviar Day

Let’s celebrate this notorious food item on National Caviar Day.

No matter what our personal opinions on caviar are, almost everyone has heard about these little fish eggs.  While caviar is often associated with the wealthy as a luxury and a gourmet food item, there is a lot more to know about these tiny black beads.  And in fact, there are very affordable alternatives available that look, taste, and smell like caviar, but are indeed substitutes.  In recognition of National Caviar Day, here’s some information about this interesting food.

1) When serving and eating caviar, the eggs should never come into contact with a metal such as silver.  This is because the eggs will take on a metallic taste.  As a result, caviar is often served in glass and crystal bowls along with pearl, glass, or golden spoons.

2) While the term “caviar” is now used loosely, true caviar comes from one of the three sturgeon breeds that live in the Caspian Sea (Beluga, Osetra, and Sevruga).

3) The most expensive caviar in the world is from a 100-year-old Iranian beluga sturgeon.  The caviar costs about $100 an ounce!

4) Contrary to popular belief, caviar is sustainable.  Traditionally, caviar only came from wild sturgeon, but today, most of the caviar available in the U.S. is farm-raised and sustainable.

5) The taste of caviar is affected by the environment in which the fish lives and grows.  Everything from the type of algae present in the water to the water’s salinity can change the taste of the caviar.

6) An open tin of caviar will last five days while a closed tin will last five weeks.

7) Caviar is surprisingly healthful.  A single spoonful of caviar supplies a daily dose of vitamin B12.  It is also high in protein and a good source of omega-3s, vitamin D, and iron.

8) Due to overfishing, the U.S. banned beluga sturgeon in 2005 and this species is now on the endangered species list.

9) While the fish is normally killed in an attempt to harvest the eggs, new science has produced a means of no-kill egg extraction.  The eggs are gently massaged out of the mature sturgeon while she’s still alive.

10) Caviar is one of the world’s oldest delicacies, predating raw oysters, champagne, and even truffles.  Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Russian tsars were all known to indulge and splurge on caviar.

11) If something is considered a caviar substitute, more than likely that something is salted non-sturgeon fish roe.  Of the 30,000 species of fish on planet earth, only 27 of them can produce true caviar while all rest give us caviar substitutes.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope enjoyed these fun facts in honor of National Caviar Day.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown.  Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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