In simple terms, caviar is basically Sturgeon fish eggs. There are several species of Sturgeon fish. As a result, the caviar produced varies in colors depending on the species. Caviar is full of protein and vitamins making the delicacy a healthy meal.
The United States was the leading distributor of caviar around the year 1900 producing over 600 tons a year. However, due to the over harvesting of Sturgeon fish for the caviar, a ban was put in place to protect the Sturgeon fish from becoming extinct. The population has never recovered sufficiently since the ban, resulting in caviar’s continued status as a luxury item.
Five Food Finds about Caviar:
• True caviar comes from the icy waters of the Caspian Sea where the environment is most conducive to producing the finest sturgeon.
• Today with sturgeon facing extinction caviar will remain a delicacy and very expensive.
• The United States imports approximately sixty percent of the total world caviar supply.
• Caviar is full of proteins, vitamines, low in calories and thus is a complete meal by itself.
• Caviar is being given to patients after surgery to aid their recovery.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy some caviar and post on social media using #NationalCaviarDay.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Caviar Day.
Lemon Capellini with Caviar
Total Yield Level
20 min 6 servings Easy
• Olive oil, for cooking the pasta
• 1 pound dried capellini
• 1/2 pound unsalted butter, melted
• Zest and juice of 2 lemons
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
• 150 grams very good black caviar
• Zest of 1 lemon, for garnish
1. Drizzle some olive oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add the capellini and cook al dente. Drain quickly, leaving a little water with the capellini. Quickly toss the capellini with the melted butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
2. Place one serving of pasta on each plate and top with a large dollop of fresh caviar. Garnish with grated lemon zest. Serve immediately.
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