Guide – where to buy caviar.

According to Wikipedia - “Caviar is a delicacy consisting of salt-cured roe of the Acipeseridae family.” The roe can be “fresh” (non-pasteurized) or pasteurized, with pasteurization reducing its culinary and economic value.

Traditionally, the term caviar refers only to roe from wild sturgeon in the Caspian Sea and Black Sea( Beluga, Osetra and Sevruga caviars). Depending on the country, caviar may also be used to describe the roe of other fish such as salmon, steelhead, trout, lumpfish, whitefish, carp and other species of sturgeon.

Caviar is considered a delicacy and is eaten as a garnish or a spread.

Buying caviar as well as buying any other delicacy should be a thoughtful process. Of course there are hundreds of manufacturers, offering fish eggsto you. But where can you find what you’ll really like? First of all you should understand what you like. How to do it? Every good gourmet shop has samples on sale either online or offline.

Or you can go to some kind of caviar bar like in Miami and ask for advice and try suggested flavors there.

On the other hand, if you are already sure of some brand, or you trust the person who recommends it to you, there is a better solution. You can order caviar online, right here and right now just sitting in front of your computer.

The main tip for someone eager to buy caviar is – SEARCH for well-known brand. If the company has good reputation, it has good quality products. Also look at the amount of salt. Higher quality stuff will not need to be hidden under a ton of salt. One more thing is a container. Look for roe in clear glass jars. Thus you have opportunity to see the roe. It should have clear, defined separation between the eggs. You don’t want them to look muddy.

Widely known companies can suggest their customers affordable and delicious options as well as expensive ones.

Let`s look closer to some of them.

  • The Browne Trading Company, located in Portland, Maine, has been around for generations. It is a family company which produce high-quality caviar. The owner Rod Browne Mitchell supervises the handling, packing, and storage of the caviar and they distribute their product all around the country. American chefs give best marks to this company and order their caviar to serve in the best restaurants of the country.

  • Another famous company is Russ & Daughters which has been in this business since 1914. Settled in New York, the enterprise provides a wide selection of imported and domestic caviars, both wild and farmed. Caviar Russe supplies many of the country’s top chefs and luxury cruise lines. The range of fish eggs includes some salmon and paddlefish roe selections. In addition this manufacturer provides an impressive selection of caviar-related gift selections and assortments for buyers who want to test several of the company’s caviars.

  • Petrossian company is in business since 1920. It is also a New York enterprise which brings the finest Russian caviar to America. Their customers can use a caviar concierge. Thus you can phone for personal service or use a live chat with a company representative online for more information on the caviar selections offered by Petrossian.

  • Tsar Nicoulai is a company from California. They carry a range of caviars but their main specialization is farm-raised varieties. The brand is styled as a boutique caviar house and promotes sustainable farm-to-table caviar. The company harvests California estate osetra from the American white sturgeon, which is thought to be the best farm-raised caviar in the world. 

  • The Seattle Caviar Company has been in business since 1990. This is a Pacific Northwest caviar house which supplies many of the finest restaurants and hotels in the region. The company deals with an international selection of fish row and some domestic varieties.

  • Sterling Caviar is the company which sells caviar online since 1993. They are connected with the Stolt Sea Farm Group in California. Their caviar is harvested from farm-raised white sturgeon and includes sterling classic (similar to osetra), sterling royal, sterling imperial, and others.