National caviar day
July 18th, 2013
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Best paired with Champagne wishes, July 18 is National Caviar Day.

Once hailed for its medicinal qualities, caviar (fish eggs) has been enjoyed for centuries. There are a few reasons why caviar is so expensive. First, true caviar is the roe from one particular species of fish, the Acipenseriformes. Sturgeons are part of this species and for the longest time, they were only found in the Black and Caspian seas. Still, when caviar was first discovered, it was widely abundant and not that expensive. Russian Czar Nicholas II enjoyed it so much that he taxed fisherman for the stuff, and it became associated with royalty and wealth.

Secondly, when America was discovered, sturgeon were found in the Hudson, Delaware and Columbia rivers. Apparently, caviar was so widely available, it was served for free at bars like peanuts are nowadays because it’s saltiness encouraged drinking. Eventually, overfishing led to a decrease in supply and an increase in price.

These days, people refer to most fish eggs as caviar and include different species of fish. Salmon roe is often called caviar.

Caviar is often served in tiny spoons made from a neutral substance so the flavor isn’t compromised. Some are made from mother of pearl, some from bone. Caviar is salty and fishy in taste, and is often served in a small bowl or tin.

And a little caviar trivia for you: Most would think the largest producer and exporter of wild caviar is Russia, but you’d be wrong. That title belongs to Iran.

We originally ran this post in 2012, but it seemed too fishy not to share it again.

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  1. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Never had it, but would like to try.

    July 18, 2013 at 11:54 am |
    • AleeD®

      It's great on sushi.

      July 19, 2013 at 6:53 am |
      • BarnesandBarnes

        What about Fish Heads???

        July 19, 2013 at 7:14 am |
        • AleeD®

          Give a fish some head and they'll eat head for life.

          July 19, 2013 at 7:29 am |
        • Kat Kinsman

          Eat them up, yum!

          July 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants

        Well, I've had sushi with the tiny eggs on it, red and wasabi flavors. Just not the kind out of a can.

        July 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
    • RC

      As would I. Damn-gotta make that happen!

      July 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm |
  2. Bill

    In fish classification terms, Acipenseriformes. is an Order of fishes, not a species...the individual types of sturgeons would be classified as their species. Just an FYI.

    July 18, 2013 at 11:01 am |
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