Dozens of shops sell caviar online, and the high price makes it a lucrative product for retailers. However, some sellers lack the experience to properly handle caviar, guarantee genuine products, and abide by international laws that protect endangered sturgeon, the fish that produces the roe traditionally known as caviar. If you are willing to pay the high price for caviar, you need a purveyor who respects and knows how to care for the product.
Although the most treasured caviar comes from the... roe of wild sturgeon in the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea, sturgeon and other fish are farmed domestically and sustainably for their roe. Note that the term "caviar" may refer to the salted roe of fish other than sturgeon, in which case the name of the fish must precede the "caviar" name, such as "trout caviar."
Learn how to store and serve caviar to keep this highly perishable and expensive delicacy at its best.
The following shops have earned reputations for selling quality products online.
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The Browne Trading Company, located in Portland, Maine, has been around for generations. Run by the Browne family, the company's high-quality caviar is a favorite of chefs around the country. As one of the biggest names in the caviar world, owner Rod Browne Mitchell supervises the handling, packing, and storage of the caviar.
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In business since 1914, Russ & Daughters is a New York establishment with a wide selection of imported and domestic caviars, both wild and farmed, many of which can be ordered online.
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Caviar Russe makes its home on Madison Avenue in mid-town Manhattan and supplies many of the country's top chefs and luxury cruise lines. This caviar purveyor carries a wide selection of fine caviars including some salmon and paddlefish roe selections. Caviar Russe also has an impressive selection of caviar-related gift selections and assortments for buyers who want to test several of the company's caviars.
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In business since 1920, this New York company brings the finest Russian caviar to America. The company also offers a nice selection of foie gras, smoked fish, and other delicacies. Speak to a caviar concierge by phone for personal service or live chat with a company representative online for more information on the caviar selections offered by Petrossian.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Although this California company carries a range of caviars, it specializes in farm-raised varieties. Styling itself as a boutique caviar house, Tsar Nicoulai promotes sustainable farm-to-table caviar. The company produces California Estate Osetra from the American white sturgeon, thought to be the best farm-raised caviar in the world.
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The Seattle Caviar Company has been in business since 1990, and this Pacific Northwest caviar house supplies many of the finest restaurants and hotels in the region. The company carries an international selection of caviar and some domestic varieties.
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Marky's is a specialty food company based in Miami. It carries both sturgeon caviar and varieties from other fish. The company tests each batch of caviar to ensure the species and origin. Marky's carries a variety of different caviars from many countries along with American sturgeon and other farm-raised fish.
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This well-known New York institution, in business since 1934, sells fine-quality imported and American caviar. Zabar's is a family-run business that offers, in addition to caviar, smoked fish, bagels, coffee, and many other delicacies.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Sterling Caviar is the website affiliated with the Stolt Sea Farm Group in California, which has been in business since 1993. Caviar from sustainable farm-raised white sturgeon includes Sterling Classic (similar to Osetra), Sterling Royal, Sterling Imperial and others.