The Ultimate Guide to Siberian Caviar
Black Caviar is the ultimate king of roe, with traditional Russian Caviar coming from the Siberian sturgeon being a top choice. Siberian Caviar is delicious, with a certain uniqueness in its exquisite flavor. But there is a fantastic twist with this black Caviar - it's actually reasonably affordable.
Siberian Caviar has that famous brown color and the exquisite taste of authentic Russian Caviar. Therefore, it's an excellent choice for anyone searching for the perfect caviar experience. Here, you will learn where to find affordable Siberian Caviar. Moreover, you will learn how to serve and eat caviar like a pro.
Siberian Caviar at a Glance
Sturgeon caviar is definitely the real deal. This mouth-watering delicacy is widely popular for its smooth, gentle texture and one-of-a-kind nutty, buttery flavor. Nowadays, Siberian sturgeon caviar comes from sustainable sturgeon farms and has an almost identical taste to the wild Osetra Caviar.
This ideally firm, shimmery roe is medium-sized and literally melts in your mouth once those delicious eggs pop. The moment that happens, you'll experience a nutty-sea bomb of taste. The roe color of Siberian sturgeon is typically deep mahogany to dark grayish black.
Siberian caviar is one of the top roes on the planet, but it's actually much easier to obtain than the ultimate king, Beluga caviar. In addition, the Siberian sturgeon gestation period is shorter, so lucky for us, it's available at more reasonable prices.
What is Siberian Sturgeon Caviar?
Sturgeon is a prehistoric fish from the Acipenseridae family that roams the waters of the Caspian Sea, Black Sea, and the South Atlantic regions of North America. In addition, there are sturgeon in some parts of the Pacific Northwest and some large European rivers and lakes.
Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baeri) swim in the Siberian river basins and can live for 60 years. It's a magnificent fish, really, with an average weight of approximately 150lbs. Luckily, these sturgeons are farm-raised and spawn once every four years.
But, the best Siberian Caviar comes from sturgeons aged 18 to 20 years. And those eggs... They are hands down magnificent. In fact, the roe amounts to approximately 1/5 of the sturgeon body weight.
Siberian Caviar Flavor Profile
The caviar from the magnificent Siberian sturgeon is similar to Beluga caviar and the dark glossy appearance of Siberian Caviar resembles the famous, outrageously expensive, and utterly luxurious causin. If you ask us at SKAZKA, it's similar to the Caspian king.
This vibrant caviar flavor is challenging to describe to those who haven't tried the ultimate delicacy. The unique taste, in our opinion, deserves a troubadour tribute. It's that delicious. Words can be deficient in this effort, but we'll try our best to explain.
Siberian sturgeon caviar is dark, glossy, relatively firm, and fabulous. Think nutty and earthy, with hints of sweetness and subtle marine saltiness. Siberian sturgeon produces one of the cleanest and creamiest caviar flavors.
In essence, Siberian sturgeon caviar is uniquely silky, clean, nutty, and briny. It's just what you would expect from famous black caviar.
Where Can You Find Siberian Caviar?
Siberian sturgeon is actually pretty dominant when it comes to Russian Caviar. Thanks to farmers' efforts and sustainable and eco-friendly methods, anyone can get a taste of this exquisite delicacy. Luckily, you can easily find the best Caviar in the world online.
That said, it's paramount to get your caviar from reputable, trustworthy sources. You want your top-notch roe to come to you fresh and ready to enjoy. So make sure you find the proper caviar source, such as SKAZKA Caviar. Our Siberian Caviar called "Traditional Russian" is one of our star caviars, with the creamiest and cleanest taste of all.
What does "Traditional Russian" Siberian Sturgeon Caviar Taste Like?
This cream-silky Caviar has that nutty, buttery flavor resembling the one coming from the Beluga sturgeon. Since Beluga is the king of caviars, you can only imagine the taste. Therefore, Siberian Caviar is a classic with that unique deep brown color and smooth, clean, “malossol” flavor.
You really cannot go wrong with this type of Caviar for your business dinner or a romantic night with your special someone. Siberian Caviar is a harmonious mix of nutty smoothness and brininess. At SKAZKA, the incomparable "Traditional Russian" comes hand-packed and ready to enjoy.
There is nothing more luxurious than black Caviar, so its price can get pretty steep. However, Siberian Caviar is actually an affordable option at SKAZKA. We are incredibly proud to be able to offer you this one-of-a-kind gastro experience at a reasonable price. The lucky ones that tried this Caviar testify it as very pleasant and wholesome.
Siberian Caviar Food Pairings
The undeniable truth is that Siberian Caviar is so delicious that you can eat it independently. Actually, caviar purists claim it's the only proper way to eat the delicacy. However, some side dishes and garnishing perfectly complement black caviar and take the experience to a whole new level.
For example, in our humble but expert opinion, one of the best things you can ever eat in your lifetime is blinis with crème fraîche. You can trust us; that is one of the most delicious appetizers you could eat.
Other side dishes that perfectly complement true Caviar are unsalted crackers, pita chips, sour cream, hard-boiled eggs, that, or minced onion. All of those go excellent with Siberian Caviar.
How to serve Siberian Caviar?
Please remember, there are some “laws” to eating caviar like a pro. Golden rules, if you will. First of all, you should learn to eat it properly, with the proper cutlery. Then, to get the best out of your Siberian Caviar, you should consider getting the Mother of Pearl spoon.
Second, and we beg of you, be incredibly careful when opening the caviar tin and scooping the "black gold" out. This way is the right way to do it, so you don’t mess up our caviar experience. After all, you don't want to crush those valuable eggs before introducing them to your palate. Lastly, but no less importantly, make sure to serve your caviar at the right temperature.
You should store your caviar in the coldest part of your refrigerator, preferably on top of a bowl of ice. The same is wise to do when serving caviar since temperature could influence caviar flavor. So instead, serve it crisp chill for the perfect caviar experience.
Amount of Siberian Caviar To Buy?
This depends on how you're planning to eat your Siberian sturgeon caviar. Our "Traditional Russian" 8oz package should serve approximately eight people. However, if your plan is to enjoy it solo, we at SKAZKA recommend 30 to 50 grams per person or one to two ounces.
But, if you're doing those lovely canapés, it's best to put 5g of caviar on every one of them. Finally, if you ask us, experts, it's wise to get a little extra so everyone can get a decent taste of this luxury food.
For anyone looking to get a taste of the actual black Caviar, Siberian Caviar is undoubtedly an excellent choice. It has a very similar taste to the famous, brutally expensive Beluga caviar, yet it’s reasonably affordable.
Its exquisite flavor is one of the creamiest and cleanest you can find, and we wholeheartedly recommend indulging in this incomparable delicacy.
About the Author
Igor Fishbeyn is purveyor of fine sturgeon caviar and creator of the Skazka Caviar brand. He is an expert with decades of experience specializing in importing, wholesaling, and retailing the finest quality caviar in the world. Igor frequently writes about caviar news and various topics about the caviar industry. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.
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