Travel Photo of the Day: Caviar

Despite having survived for millions of years, the source of this delicacy is critically endangered

Salmon roe (left) is similar in taste to sturgeon roe (right), yet sturgeon eggs are the traditional variety known as caviar.

Caviar is an acquired taste for most. Otherwise known as sturgeon eggs, this delicacy has a history that, one could argue, goes back to the time of the dinosaurs.

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Sturgeon is considered to be one of the world’s oldest species of fish, dating back 250 million years! Perhaps the culinary world’s best-known variety is found in the Caspian Sea. According to some, the first record of caviar being eaten dates back to the journals of Genghis Khan’s grandson, Batu Khan, in the 1240s.

Although the dish is oftentimes associated with fine dining nowadays, it is a popular festival and holiday addition to tables across Eastern Europe. Unfortunately however, due to their popularity and the vulnerability of their preferred habitats, this species (which can be found across Eurasia and North America) is "critically endangered" according to the World Wildlife Foundation. 

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