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Caviar Basics

Martha Stewart Living Television

Caviar, fish roe that has been sieved and lightly salted, is often thought of as the quintessential luxury food. The best roe comes from the three species of female sturgeon -- beluga, osetra, and sevruga -- caught in the Caspian Sea. These massive fish date to the era of dinosaurs and can weigh as much as two thousand pounds.

Beluga caviar has the most delicate-flavor; it is subtle, buttery, and creamy. Osetra has a more assertive, nutty taste. Sevruga, the least expensive of caviars, is nearly black with an almost fruity flavor. David Magnotta, the co-founder of Caviar Russe and managing director of Caspian Star Caviar, joins Martha to talk about the basics of caviar, including how to choose and store it.