The most expensive caviar in the world is Strottarga Bianco. With an exclusive price of $120,000/lb, it becomes the world’s most expensive food as well. It is produced from the eggs (roe) of the rare beluga sturgeon.
Before this, Almas was considered as the only most expensive caviar around the globe. It is sold for an average $15,000/lb. This is also derived from the eggs of the rare Iranian albino beluga sturgeon.
The rare Beluga sturgeon is found in the Iranian basins of the Caspian Sea and the Black sea.
Austrian Caviar Strottarga Bianco – $120,000/lb
The most expensive caviar of the world is coined by Walter Grüll and Patrick Grüll. They’re Austria’s only known sturgeon breeders and the caviar producers.
Grüll’s white caviar is comparatively new in the market. And in contrast to Almas, Strottarga Bianco has a powdery feel.
This extravagant and notoriously expensive caviar powder is priced based on its exclusive taste, feel, and the health benefits, having inside.
It’s not that simple, though, as 5 kg white roe from the rare sturgeon make only 1 kg of Strottarga Bianco caviar.
The rest of the roe just get lost during the process of dehydration.
Walter explains the making of Strottarga Bianco caviar, where the sturgeon roe is first dehydrated and then ground to convert into the white caviar.
A gold leaf of 22 karats is also used in the manufacturing of the most expensive caviar Strottarga Bianco. It envelopes it (the white caviar) and (or) sometimes mixed into it.
If you want the caviar without the gold then you can also have it, which is available at slightly reduced prices. But they said the gold is added because it attaches the health benefits too, mainly pertaining to our immune system.
Iranian Caviar Almas – $15,000/lb
In Persian ‘Almas’ means ‘Diamond’.
And I guess there is much to say why this most expensive caviar is referred as ‘Almas’? And that how is it a diamond?
First, perhaps because of its beautiful color that resembles with S-Z scale diamonds. Or it may be due to its efficacy (health benefits) that have a clean but longer proven record. Which starts from the middle age and lasts yet continue till now.
Unlike other Caviars, Almas got a unique taste. As soon as you’ll put it and roll in your mouth you’ll experience a unique, rich buttery or creamy taste inspired with a flavor of nuts.
A Brief History of World’s Most Expensive Caviars
Who and when to set the trends of eating sturgeon fish eggs as a food is not clear. However, the native Iranians are said to be the earliest people ever known to this food.
After the Persians, there are the Greeks who (during the 5th to 8th century) have been reported to import caviar from the Crimean Peninsula located by the northern coast of the Black Sea.
Romans were also aware of the benefits and the use of white sturgeon roe. They used to believe that there lies a great healing power in it.
Furthermore, Russians used beluga sturgeon eggs as a great protein source in the early ages before it turned into a most rarer type of the food /hors d’oeuvre.
P.S. It has always been a luxury food item and been the part of royal dining tables.
How to Eat Caviar? Optimum Way!
The caviar is usually served in a non-metallic bowl in order to avoid metal contamination in its flavor. And the ice is normally placed in the bottom of that bowl to keep the ideal temperature.
As a rule, caviar is eaten with the bare hands using the index finger and the thumb to have the full delight.
Further, caviar must be eaten alone to enjoy the complete delicacy of its rich taste.
Still, it can be served with champagne or other similar drinks to enhance its savor.
Other ways to use caviar powder (i.e. Strottarga Bianco) are to use them on a toast, a pasta, etc, or any other similar snack item.
Where Can it be Found? (Outlets)
Sure it is not for everyone but It can be found in various places, including the caviar houses and online shops around the world.
In their book “101 things to buy before you die” Charlotte Williamson & Maggie Davis explain that there are many sources from which one can buy the white gold caviar, Almas.
Just like itself, its packing is also very special. Almas is specifically packed in a gold container, made with 24 karat gold.
Why the World’s Most Expensive Caviar is So Expensive
The white caviar is the rare and most expensive caviar type. It comes from the rare albino sturgeon which is an endangered animal (species).
It takes almost 20 years for the Albino Sturgeon to reach to its maximum size. Which certainly suggests that it is almost impossible to produce caviar on the commercial level in a short time.
There are only 30 sturgeon breeders in the world. According to them, it takes about ten years when a sturgeon gets ready to harvest the roe.
Another rare factor is the age of albino sturgeon, she lives only up to 100 years or more. And the melanin pigments that make a sturgeon, an albino sturgeon is an additional cause that reduces their age.
And the last but not least, the older the sturgeon is, the delicious, the tasteful a caviar will be.
Hence, all of these factors make a white gold caviar (produced from the albino sturgeon roe) the most expensive caviar on the earth. You can find out more about why caviar is expensive here.