Things You Didn’t Know About Caviar

What’s the first word that comes to mind when someone mentions caviar? Maybe “luxurious”? How about “expensive” and “mysterious”? Well, it is all of those things, but it’s so much more than just a pricey mound of tiny black pearls served on your favorite cracker.

Did you know that…

  • Caviar Can Ease Depression – Due to the large doses of omega-3 fatty acids, caviar was once prescribed to alleviate symptoms of bipolar disorder and depression.
  • It Was Reserved for Royalty – In ancient times, the most expensive and rarest of all caviars were designated for monarchy only. There were even strict laws in place to enforce it.
  • It Can Treat Impotence – Some scientists believe caviar is useful for treating erectile dysfunction.
  • Caviar and Quality Control – Did you know that the priciest and, supposedly, grandest caviar is lighter in color, while lower quality caviar is darker in color? For newbies, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because cheaper caviar also has a milder fish flavor, which most people prefer.
  • It Lasts Longer Than You Might Expect – If caviar is safely stored in a freezer or the coldest spot in your refrigerator, it can last up to one month. After all, it’s basically cured fish, which tends to have a longer shelf life.
  • Good Caviar Has a Sound – Many caviar companies hire special people who possess a musical ear for grading caviar. So, what exactly constitutes “good” caviar? It’s the distinct sound that comes from fish eggs rubbing together when they’re packaged. Experts compare it to a cat purring.
  • Caviar is an Ancient Commodity – The Romans and Greeks, and even some kings and Russian tsars were enjoying caviar long before anyone else had the opportunity. Other well-known delicacies, like oysters and champagne, didn’t show up on the scene until many years later.
  • It Isn’t Just for Crackers Anymore – While, traditionally, caviar is used as a spread, nowadays you can find it in pizza, sandwiches, burgers, and even baked potatoes.
  • Just How Expensive is the Most Expensive Caviar? Try $1,000 an ounce! The eggs from a century-old beluga sturgeon are on record as the most expensive caviar to date.


One truth remains – in most circumstances, you either love caviar or you hate it. There are some people who crave it while others shy away from its salty, fishy flavor and texture. But there’s only one way to know for certain, and that is to try it for yourself. Either way, it definitely makes a lasting first impression.