It seems that every single egg or row that comes from a fish is called Caviar.
But it's the same as calling every kind of bubbly liquid in a bottle for Champagne. Champagne can only be from the Champagne region in France. Real Caviar is from the Sturgeon family, also known as the Acipenseridae family. And preferably fresh , not pasteurised. Many other types of fish roe get pasteurised to give them a longer shelf-life. Fresh Caviar will normally have 3-4 month's shelf-life, other types of roe will have up to 6 months.
Another way to distinguish a real caviar is the obligatory CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) number that should accompany every tin/jar of caviar. I dare say that nearly all legal caviar is farmed and that to ensure that all production and sale of Caviar is both legal and genuine importers are required to ensure that a CITES import number is on every container.
Therefore when you buy caviar then check the shelf-life and that it has a CITES number on the bottom of the tin/jar.
We are maybe not the biggest caviar company in the UK. Nor are we the oldest. But we pride ourselves in having one of the biggest selections of real caviar in the UK and that "It does what it says on the tin", so to speak. In this case, bigger isn't always better, often it just means that it's probably more expensive. We have 8 types of real caviar on offer, from Beaerii to Beluga, but we actually have 11 on offer thru the year.
We also pride ourselves in having many private customers, celebrities and business leaders who prefer to get a more personal service and a bigger selection from a small private owned Caviar company that sets quality and customer service as it's priority, than from some of the bigger companies.That we also have some of the most reasonable prices on the market doesn't hurt either.
Please visit our website and if you should have any questions, then please don't hesitate to send us an email or give us a call. www.caviarclassic-london.com
Darren & the Team