Caviar has been around as one of the greatest delicacies offered as hors d’oeuvres or distribute on an appetizer for the delight of Emperors, Czars and now party goers all over the world. From its roots in the Persian culinary arts, the Roe of most frequently a Sturgeon has a long and noble history.
The earliest people known to have eaten Caviar were the Persians living in what is now Azerbaijian in the glory days of the Persian Empire. The title of this delicacy as they called it,”Chav Jar” translates into”Cake of Power”, no doubt a pun of sorts on the way it comes and the ones that are able to eat it. The delicacy was soon exported and as forces rose and fell in the world, so too did those who were able to manage and consume the nice dish.
The economic value and power of a jar of caviar continued well through the Roman Empire’s reign. It is said that when caviar was served to the Emperor, it was brought in one of garlands of flowers and heralds trumpeted its birth. Czars of Russia were among the only given the luxury of its consumption during the glory days of the power, particularly after Russia took control of the area in which the Persians first detected the treat.
As far back as the 2nd century, during the highest power of Rome, a jar of Sturgeon Roe cost the exact same amount as 100 sheep. If you fast forward a few thousand years to the turn of the 19th century, it was possible to locate caviar in every bar, pub, and restaurant in New York served alongside peanuts at half the cost. Of course, like any natural resource, the outcomes of these ample supply are usual found from the rapid loss of people from the creature where it is produced.
America produces nearly 75% of the world’s caviar at the moment, even though it is to be noted that the labeling restrictions in america aren’t nearly as strict as in areas like France, where just the Roe of Sturgeon can be tagged as Caviar. Needless to say, the sort of fish where the roe is harvested is always marked on the tag on US produced caviar.
The fish itself, the sturgeon is nearly extinct due to the overfishing and rampant demand for its roe. Since the dawn of its discovery, the Sturgeon was a very special fish, hailed for the delicacy concealed within its Roe. World leaders for almost 3000 years have partaken of this incredibly rare treat and will continue to do so for many more.