Caviar FAQ's

How do I eat ROE caviar?

In order to enjoy the pure taste of our white sturgeon caviar, we recommend eating it straight out of the tin with our non-metallic, mother-of-pearl caviar spoons.

Some prefer to try pairings of ROE Caviar with breakfast, especially caviar scrambled eggs, caviar avocado toast, or even just on plain toast with butter. For appetizers and hors d'oeuvres, we recommend crackers topped with ROE caviar and a dollop of crème fraîche. Though sour cream and blinis are the traditional way to serve caviar, we encourage culinary creativity. Caviar is a versatile delicacy and can be an incredible complement for many dishes and menu items.

Popular beverage accompaniments also include a dry champagne or chilled vodka. Visit ROE Recipes to see how we add a little luxury to a variety of quick and easy dishes.

 

What is caviar?

Caviar is a culinary delicacy made of salt-cured fish eggs (roe) from specific species of sturgeon within the Acipenseridae family. The term caviar is derived from the Persian word for egg, khyah.

Beluga sturgeon, ossetra, and sevruga caviars are the most prized types of caviar. ROE Caviar serves what is known as California ossetra.

 

What is the difference between caviar and roe?

Though our brand name is ROE Caviar, there is a difference between caviar and roe. All fish eggs are technically “roe”, but not all “roe” is caviar. The term caviar only applies to the fish roe in the sturgeon family Acipenseridae. Salmon roe and the roe from whitefish, trout, cod, red caviar, ikura, and tobiko, etc. are considered “caviar subsitutes” and not caviar.

ROE Caviar’s white sturgeon caviar is classified among premium black roe caviars.

ROE Caviar is exclusively from American white sturgeon, native to Northern California.  For more information about caviar classification, visit the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.  

 

What is the difference between American and imported caviar?

The difference is personal preference. Each type of caviar has its own distinct flavor profile, but all caviar is held to the same quality and classification standards regardless of origin.

In terms of scarcity, beluga caviar from the Caspian Sea is widely considered the rarest and most expensive caviar. Though Russian, Iranian, and other international caviars have historically been considered the highest quality caviars, the quality of American caviar is equal and in some ways better due to America’s commitment to sustainable and ethical fishing practices and local advancements in aquaculture.

 

Are there any health benefits to eating caviar?

Caviar is an excellent source of protein, omega-3’s, fatty acids, good cholesterol,  vitamins, and minerals, especially calcium, magnesium and iron. One tablespoon of caviar provides Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin D. As a dietary supplement, caviar’s nutritional benefits support a healthy immune system, nervous system, and circulatory system. The presence of omega-3’s and healthy fatty acids also make caviar beneficial for heart health. Historically, caviar has even been prescribed for the treatment of depression, much like fish oil supplements. For an even more in-depth overview of caviar’s nutritional value, this article from Chalkboard Mag is a great resource.

 

How long does caviar stay fresh?

Caviar will stay fresh for up to six weeks unopened. Once you’ve opened a tin, the caviar should be consumed within three days for the best flavor and experience. Upon receiving your ROE Caviar, the tin should be stored in the coldest part of your refrigerator, in the bottom drawer or as close to the back as possible. Do not place your caviar in the freezer, as the cold will accelerate the salting process and quickly ruin the tin’s flavor. If you have improperly stored your caviar, be aware of changes in flavor and consistency. Fresh caviar should never have large amounts of oil or discoloration.

 

How does caviar stay fresh during shipping?

We have thoughtfully designed every piece of ROE’s packaging to ensure that our caviar stays insulated and cooled at the right temperatures during shipping. Our ROE Caviar 125 gram and 250 gram tins come with custom insulation and ice packs, carefully packed separately from the gift box to ensure contact with ice packs for maximum refrigeration. Our ROE Caviar 30 gram and 50 gram gift sets have built-in ice packs that sit below each tin within each gift set.

 

Does ROE ship on national holidays?

We cannot deliver packages on the following holidays or the day thereafter: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Please plan accordingly if sending gifts.

 

What are the delivery days?

In Los Angeles, we currently offer Same Day Delivery, Monday through Friday. For all other locations, we only ship via FedEx Priority Overnight for receipt on Tuesdays through Fridays. We do not ship on Saturdays, Sundays, or Mondays to avoid having the caviar sit in storage on non-business days.

 

Will ROE ship to a PO Box?

No. We cannot ship to P.O. Boxes.

 

Can ROE ship to Hawaii, Alaska or Puerto Rico?

Yes. For more remote areas and the non-contiguous US, please expect delivery to take between 24-48 hours.

 

Does ROE require someone to sign for the package at delivery?

No, signatures are not required though packages will not be left at the door. Should there be no one to receive the package, FedEx will keep the package and a representative will be in contact with you for re-delivery. If you have ordered Same Day Delivery, the package will be sent back to ROE HQ and you will be contacted by a ROE representative to reschedule.

 

I’ve placed an order. How will I know where my caviar is?

After you’ve placed an order, you will receive a confirmation email including your order number and ship date. Once the package has shipped, you will receive another email notification with tracking information from FedEx. If you are requesting a delivery in Los Angeles, most orders are fulfilled within 2 hours via our caviar couriers.

 

Does ROE Caviar offer custom gifts or special occasion packaging?

Yes, we do. Every ROE package comes with a handwritten note which you can add during checkout. ROE also offers custom engraved caviar boxes to add a personalized touch to any ROE gift. We also have a corporate gifting program year-round. For more information and pricing, please email indulge@roecaviar.com or call our customer service line.