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Asetra Caviar

February Caviar Tasting at Caspian Caviar

I have often been heard to remark how the over all quality of farmed caviar has improved over the last 5 or so years. Once upon a time, the quality of samples was a bit of a lottery. Recently, the samples have been consistently good, providing good competition across the range. However, some samples we received earlier this month were a throw back to earlier, simpler times, when would-be suppliers could be discounted with ease. The farm lay further east than where we normally source and was situated in a... Read More

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OFFERS FOR MOTHER’S FESTIVAL

Mother’s Festival?? I know most people will be talking about Mother’s Day this week, which is all well and good, but it is not quite as exciting as what comes next – Cheltenham Festival. This neck of the woods comes alive with the excitment of hosting four days of great racing. While my Mother may make polite noises about her Gift Box and a bunch of daffs on Sunday morning, she can hardly lift her head from the racing pages and cant wait for the Festival to begin. So whether... Read More

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Is all caviar farmed?

We still do get asked this question by customers, and the simple answer is “Yes”. Although many people still firmly associate caviar with Russia, Iran and the Caspian Sea, the reality today is very different. Some twenty years ago, the restrictions on fishing for wild sturgeon in the Caspian became looser. At much the same time, many of the countries around the Caspian were becoming more industrialised, particularly with the expansion of the oil and gas industry in the region. The subsequent over fishing, pollution and modification of rivers had... Read More

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You say Asetra, I say Oscietra………..

Looking around at various outlets, it can be rather confusing to identify real Oscietra Caviar. Now, that is the spelling that we use at Caspian Caviar, but various other spellings are also used. I have seen: Ossetra Caviar, Osetra Caviar as well as Asetra Caviar. What does it all mean? It is thought that Oscietra/Ossetra/Osetra/Asetra is derived from the Russian word OCETP, which simply means “Sturgeon”. I guess that the name “Sturgeon Sturgeon” would be pretty unsatisfactory. Oscietra Sturgeon does sound rather better, but it is also known as the... Read More