Caviar, a delicacy once reserved strictly as a royal snack, is readily available for mere mortals like myself and others in Moscow’s supermarkets (perhaps a bit high brow yet accessible). According to experts ” Caviar from the rivers of Russia had always been considered premium”.
Having only tasted black caviar once in my life, I was very intrigued, excited and honored to be introduced to this decadent fish egg snack by my new friend and colleague, Tesa.
One of our favorite supermarkets in Moscow, right by Starry Arbat, next door to MacDonalds, lies a supermarket, loved by many expats. Here, is where you can buy all kinds of caviar, from premium black, red, salmon and other kinds of “gold” fish caviar to less premium, entry level caviar. The premium is locked up, so unless you have enough dough, you can’t even touch it, but, you can look. The rest are in reach for you to enjoy this Russian delicacy.
So what is Caviar?
ABRIDGED HISTORY OF CAVIAR (via Wiki)
Caviar, sometimes called black caviar, is a luxury delicacy, consisting of processed, salted, non-fertilized sturgeon roe. The word caviar originates from the Turkish khavyar, first appearing in English print in 1591. The four main types of caviar are Beluga, Sterlet, Ossetra, and Sevruga. The rarest and costliest is from the beluga sturgeon that swim in the Caspian Sea, which is bordered by Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
(YOU WERE WARNED)
1tbsp of caviar (16g) contains:
- Calories :42
- Fat(g): 2.86
- Carbohydrates(g): 0.64
- Fibers(g): 0
- Protein(g): 3.94
- Cholesterol(mg): 94
THE MOSCOW EXPERIENCE
We had the white fish caviar which was in a slightly paste form (i really just think its because the eggs were really tiny and it was a different fish. Before all the Connoisseurs start beating at my door, I never said i was an expert), it may not have been the best but it was just as divine; because you can spread as much or less you like and just devour. Although it may be salty for many, i think once you have your first bite, it becomes easier to the taste buds and you just want more.
I’m planning to learn more about caviar and enjoy the many different kinds available, over the counter and hopefully when i become a connoisseur, i can do the high brow ones, Beluga etc) .
They makes for great gift ideas, “over the counter” or not. It’s all legit! That’s MOSCOW for you (maybe I’ll even buy a fur coat, why not, when in Rome…):-)
The preparation: Fresh bread, butter, wine, caviar and some munchies on the side.
Preparing the first bread…
There is an art to this, it’s called patience and diligence…
The guest of honor…
THE BIG TASTE…hmmmmmm..yummy… 🙂