What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of caviar? “Oh, what a delicacy!” or “Ew! Fish eggs.” Whether you’re a fan or foe, National Caviar Day is celebrated nationwide on July 18 every year. Technically, real caviar isn’t just any fish eggs. It comes from the the female sturgeon fish. And it’s been a high-end dining staple ever since Cesar Ritz, (fancy hotelier) put it on his menus.
National Caviar Day - Key Moments
Put Down the Pole
Russia suspended wild sturgeon fishing to let the population replenish
North America got a taste of caviar and became the largest producer by 1900
The United Kingdom fancied it enough to make it royal, making all sturgeon in the region monarch property
Written in Roe
The oldest written account of caviar comes from the Mongol ruler, Batu Khan
How to Celebrate National Caviar Day
1. Serve it up
Impress your guests and impart some roe knowledge upon them as they dive into this appetizer experience. It’s a perfect excuse to use the fine china and makes great conversation.
2. Dine out and catch it on the menu
Whether you’re a seasoned caviar eater or have never tried it before, take your taste buds on an adventure by ordering it at your local, upscale restaurant.
3. Try them all
There are several kinds of caviar, although the small black or gray colored roe is technically the most caviar - caviar. The pink or orange colored “caviar” actually comes from salmon. Find both to taste and compare which is better to you.
Crazy Facts About Caviar
1. Just Eggs
The word "caviar" comes from the Persian word for "egg"
2. Captain Caviar
People who make caviar go through 10-15 year apprenticeships
3. Caspian Delicacy
Today most of the world's caviar is produced in the Caspian Sea
4. Baby Beluga
The world's best caviar comes from Beluga, Stellate, and Russian sturgeon
5. Taste the Rainbow
Caviar ranges in color from dark gray and yellow-gray to brown-black. Red 'caviar' is actually salmon roe, not caviar.
Why We Love National Caviar Day
A. Caviar is healthy
Caviar, within its various sizes and colors offers an array of nutritional value. A serving of caviar contains a healthy dose of phosphorus, protein, calcium, selenium, iron, magnesium, and Vitamins B12 and B6.
B. Caviar is a hard catch
Part of the reason why real caviar is an expensive delicacy is because it is the roe of sturgeon found only in the Caspian and Black seas. Due to overfishing in the 1900s, this industry is regulated and limited which drives up the value and price.
C. Caviar is fancy
If you find yourself at a fancy enough restaurant, you may find caviar on the menu. It is served raw in a petite bowl or plate over ice. People eat it with an adorably small spoon either alone or with bread. Pinky up and open wide!