January 1, 2010, Newsletter Issue #138: Types of Caviar

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Caviar comes from three species of sturgeon in the Caspian Sea. Caviar from each has its own special characteristics.

Beluga caviar: Coming from the largest of the sturgeon species, Beluga caviar is light to dark gray in color with large granules and a delicate skin.

Osetra caviar: These are dark brown to golden in color with large granules and a delicate skin. Golden Osetra, the most rare of Caspian Sea sturgeon, produces a limited quantity of light golden eggs, sometimes referred to as "Royal Caviar."

Sevruga caviar: These eggs are smaller, with a fine dark gray color.

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