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Caviar Dreams: Prized eggs go for $200/pound
Karen Fernau -- The Arizona Republic, Food & Drink Section, Page 4 -- December 29, 2004
|New Year's Eve
for sharing dreams over Russian caviar. This rich delicacy adds a touch
of luxury to any celebration, but the varieties and their price tags
can easily confuse a novice. We asked Alik and Svetlana Sulaymanov,
owners of Russian Market in
Phoenix, to answer our questions about
caviar just in time for New Year's celebrations.
Caviar is fish roe, or eggs, taken from sturgeon. Most of the world's caviar comes from the sturgeon of the Caspian Sea, an inland sea between Russia and Iran. To purists, true caviar comes only from sturgeon, and the most prized varieties are beluga, osetra and sevruga. But you will find caviar from other fish varieties, including salmon. In Russia, caviar is considered a delicacy and a food with healing qualities. "We believe it helps the eyesight and immunity system," said Alik Sulaymanov, who along with his wife emigrated from Russia.
Splurge on caviar / Pull out the stops this New Year's by serving Russian caviar, one of the most exquisite delicacies in the world. These flavorful fish eggs range in price from $16 to an extravagant $200 per pound. Learn the varieties and tips for serving this traditional treat from Alik and Svetlana Sulaymanov, owners of Russian Market in Phoenix