Caviar Guide by Marky's
Being the pleasure to connoisseur's palate the caviar is one of the few products that combine incredible flavor and taste with very high nourishing qualities. It provides the human organism a highly digestive protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6, and a bunch of vitamins and minerals that act like a powerful booster for the rejuvenating process on the cellular level.
Caviar food is very wholesome and is highly recommended by the scientists and physicians at any age and nearly to everyone who cares about his body and health, sticks to natural wholesome diet or is recovering after disease (unless there is a contraindication or personal intolerance to this natural product).
All types of caviar at Marky's
Here at Marky's Gourmet Store we are doing our best to exceed your expectations in terms of high quality of the product and reasonable caviar price that can be found on the Internet! We give you an extensive choice of all available kinds and price of caviar. We have all types of caviar for sale and our best sellers are, of course, traditional classic black caviar like domestic Beluga, Kaluga, Osetra, Sevruga, White Sturgeon, Siberian Sturgeon, American Hackleback, American Paddlefish, Sterlet and a lot of other types.
We also offer a very wide choice of different kinds of roe like Salmon and Trout Roe also known as 'the red caviar'. Our aim is to give our customers a great choice of wallet-friendly and affordable roe that is getting more and more popular like Tobiko, Sushi caviar, Masago, Bottarga and affordable black caviar price alternatives like Bowfin, Stromluga, Lumpfish, Whitefish and more.
All represented products are available and you can always order caviar online 24/7 at the Marky's Gourmet Store!
Top caviar for affordable caviar prices
We pay a lot of attention to our suppliers and always stick to our own very high-quality standards to be able to offer all our customers only the products of the highest grade. All our partners, both the suppliers and the manufacturers, are world known companies with a high reputation that use only natural products and components for growing the fish and preserving the best taste of this nature's treasure.
As the connoisseurs know for sure any type of caviar should be served in a special way. No ordinary metal cutlery should get in touch with it, otherwise its delicate taste and flavor will be ruined. And here we can also help you as we have an extensive choice of special silver plated and high-grade glass caviar servers including the fancy models combined with an ice compartment and slots for vodka shots. Here you will also find the special cutlery hand made from mother of pearl shell — fancy spoons, forks and knifes of different forms and sizes suiting any of your requirements.
A good caviar is always a great gift idea to show your special attitude and will be a wonderful and at the same time original present to your valuable business partner, family member or a refined friend. We have prepared some special gift and sample sets, that will be highly appreciated by your done. You can buy caviar gift sets consisting of the best components for a great price and with perfect conditions.
So now if you have a question like 'where can I buy caviar?' you know that here at Marky's Gourmet Store we are offering the best caviar cost and overnight caviar delivery.
Quick guide to what caviar is
Now let’s check if you know enough about this delicacy to choose and buy exactly what you want. These quick facts below will also stand you in good stead if you need to impress the company around the table.
- Caviar is made of unfertilized fish eggs, or fish roe, cured with salt. So, the true high-quality caviar must contain only these two ingredients: roe and salt.
- Traditionally, what we can call “caviar” comes from the sturgeon fish family. The caviar from Beluga, Sevruga, and Ossetra is considered the most coveted and thus, pricey.
- The cured roe of the other sturgeons, like Paddlefish or Sterlet, is also classified as caviar. It’s an opulent delight too, but its price is comparably lower, usually.
- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization believes that cured roe of any other fish should be considered as a “substitute” of the delicacy. However, depending on a country, the word “caviar” may legally describe the roe of any other fish. For example, whitefish, salmon, or flying fish.
- The salt-cured roe of any other fish that is fit for human consumption can be called “roe.” And you won’t be wrong.
- What some of us may know as “red caviar” is actually salt-cured roe of salmon, trout, or flying fish.
Since we’ve made out the terms, what about going back in time to find out who discovered caviar as a gourmet specialty and how?
A complicated history of the sumptuous treat
Since Antiquity, it’s been an epicurean delicacy. But not only.
It took caviar more than two thousand years to become a gourmet whim that we can satisfy by making a purchase at an online and brick and mortar store. This is still a luxury. But this luxury is now more reasonable and affordable.
Just compare. Some historical records claim that in the 2nd century BC, you could buy a jar of caviar for one hundred sheep. Even if you don’t know for sure how much such flock of sheep may cost today, a jar of caviar is definitely cheaper.
The ancient Persians were the first to use sturgeon fish roe, but mostly for medical purposes – as a remedy for depression of that time. But the technique of curing fish roe with salt originated in ancient China, where the emperor’s chefs cooked carp roe in such manner.
Probably, the Persians borrowed this method and created the caviar we enjoy nowadays. By the way, “caviar” is the French adoption of the Persian word “khavyar”, which means “cake of strength.”
In the 4th century BC, Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, became the first to praise caviar as a delicacy worth being served at banquets along with trumpets and flowers. But he didn’t use a single term to name the delicacy. The term “caviar” first appeared in an English text in 1591.
The Middle Ages and Renaissance
Still, popularization of caviar across Europe at that time took its roots from Moscovey (modern Russia). Russian tsars would adopt the exquisite meal introduced by Batu Khan. When he conquered the territories of Moscovey in 1240, he came up with a scrumptious appetizer – caviar with hot apple preserves. You can make it yourself if you want.
A new American story
Interestingly, what had been an exceptionally royal tidbit at European courts turned into a one-nickel morsel, served with spirits as a compliment in Western American saloons.
In the 1800s, when sturgeons were abundant in the rivers of North America, caviar was served in bars like peanuts are served today. Salty caviar made bar patrons feel thirsty, so they ordered more and more drinks.
If in the United States caviar was given almost for free, then why not sell it to the rest of the world for one dollar per pound? In 1837, this idea stroke Henry Schacht, an American entrepreneur of German origin. He started a business exporting the delicacy to Europe.
Other American producers followed Schacht’s footsteps. And in the beginning of the 20th century, the United States turned into the world’s largest distributor of caviar.
But the country paid a high price for this title.
In the 1900s, the local populations of sturgeons began decreasing rapidly due to overfishing. As a result, the price of American caviar skyrocketed.
The world still had premium Russian caviar. But the sturgeon in the Caspian Sea also appeared on the verge of extinction. So, the world’s best caviar cost the earth.
Since that time, caviar has become a metaphor for luxury in gastronomy. Yet, this luxury can be affordable and environment-friendly.
Recovery of the wild sturgeon population in the North American rivers and in the Caspian Sea became possible due to development of fish farming. Marky’s caviar of Beluga, Ossetra, or Kaluga are good examples of how the aqua farm provides a high-quality and safe product.
Besides, modern producers are offering delicious alternatives to sturgeon caviar, like roe of hackleback, lumpfish, or salmon.
National Caviar Day. Seriously
Everybody and everything that has a complicated history of becoming should be commemorated. Caviar isn’t an exception.
If you’re a caviar aficionado, or if you know someone with such peculiarity, welcome to celebrate US National Caviar Day! You can observe it every year, on July 18.
Just like National Pizza Day or National Candy Day, Caviar Day has neither a particular high purpose nor a historically important origin. But these facts shouldn’t prevent us from having a little fun and enjoying a little jar of the delicacy with some toasts and butter or crème fraîche.
FAQs with a zest
At Marky’s online store, you can find a series of guides that provide detailed answers to probably the most perplexing questions about caviar and the way you should deal with it when it’s already at your place. If you feel like you need to know more about this specialty, feel free to read the Marky’s caviar guides in this section.
And here you’re welcome to get quick tips on how to understand caviar and be sure of the product you order online.
What do “classic”, “royal”, and “imperial” stand for?
Although these words may seem to work just like marketing decorations, they actually play an essential practical role. These adjectives describe the grade of caviar.
The description is based mainly on the size and color of the beads:
- Classic beads are smaller, softer, darker and murkier than beads of the higher grades. Some producers describe such caviar as Select, attributing the Classic grade to grains of average size.
- Royal beads are larger and lighter in color, obviously. The larger size of beads indicates that the roe was taken from an older fish, which is rather a rarity along with the lighter tint. Rarity increases the grade and price.
- Imperial beads are the largest and the lightest in color. And the rarest in nature. For example, the Iranian Almas caviar from the roe of the albino sturgeon definitely deserves to be titled as Imperial. It is sold for $26,000 per one kilogram (about 3 lb. 2 oz.).
Between the Imperial and Royal grades, there’s also the intermediate Supreme grade. As you’ve guessed, Supreme caviar beads must be larger and have the lighter color than Royal beads.
Any CITES requirements for the specialty?
CITES is the international Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. It’s an agreement between the world’s governments signed to regulate global trade in wild plants and animals so that it doesn’t bring any species to extinction.
In the beginning of the 2000s, governments of different countries were cooperating to develop a labeling system for caviar exports. As a result of their joint efforts, it’s become mandatory to label caviar from any species of sturgeons and paddlefish. The original CITES label must provide a set of specific information on the product, including the country of origin to identify the source of the caviar.
Because nowadays most of the world’s caviar is farmed, the CITES requirements for this product relate mainly to its authenticity. To prove it, each registered caviar producer must place a uniquely issued CITES code to the bottom of the tins.
This code contains the following information:
The type of caviar (You may google it if you’re curious.)
- The source – cultivated or wild
- The country of origin
- The year of production
- The unique code number for the company which has the licence to pack the tins
- The unique code number of the caviar.
Marky’s caviar also meets the CITES labeling requirements.
Can we consider caviar as a vegetarian food?
The answer depends on the type of vegetarianism to which you or your dearest stick.
If the diet may include both fish and seafood, then caviar can be an option.
Caviar beads are unfertilized fish eggs. It means that when these fish eggs were salt-cured, there were no baby fishes inside them. On the other hand, it’s true that fishermen or caviar makers have to kill the fish to get the eggs.
This is where we should look up at the diet issue. If it allows fish, it can allow caviar.
How will Marky’s deliver caviar if you buy it online?
With our overnight shipping, you’ll get the order in one business day.
If you order a non-perishable product along with caviar, we provide the overnight delivery either.
Any non-Champagne pairings with beverages?
Yes, caviar and champagne make up the all-time gourmet classic. But how about any other combinations?
- White wines like Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc are always the right solution for seafood. So are they for caviar.
- Yet, red wines can also make a perfect accompaniment to the delicacy. Especially if you’ re also going to serve some foie gras or red meat. You may opt for Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Rosés will make the flavorful pairings if you or your guests prefer this type of wine.
- Porter, Pilsner or Amber Ale, however surprising these options may seem, will play well if you don’t want wine.
Instead of summary
Sturgeon caviars and other fish roes are the delicacies with temper. At Marky’s, you’ll find the one (or more) that will match with yours or satisfy the gourmet expectations of the special person for whom you’re ordering the gift.
Add a teaspoon or two of luxury to your menu with Marky’s caviar for sale. Order today to enjoy the freshest caviar beads snapping in your mouth in only one business day.