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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about black caviar consumption. Learn all the health benefits of eating caviar on a regular basis. Caviar allergy information.

What is caviar?

While it’s often spoken that caviar is ‘fish eggs,’ this is only partly true. Caviar is a term that refers to the unfertilized eggs of fish that belong to the Acipenseridae family, better known as Sturgeon fish, and only when they are properly harvested, brined, and packaged.

After the eggs are harvested, they are cured with salt to enhance their flavor. This process also helps to increase the shelf-life of your product, making it possible to ship the product across the world. 

Are caviar and roe the same thing?

Yes and no. While all caviar is in fact roe, not all roe is caviar.

Roe refers to all unfertilized fish eggs.

Caviar refers only to the unfertilized eggs of fish that belong to the Acipenseridae family, better known as Sturgeon fish, and only when they are properly harvested, brined, and packaged.

Why is caviar so expensive?

Caviar is a delicacy, and is priced according to its availability — make no mistake, caviar is rare. The production of caviar is also a delicate process and the best harvesters and farmers (like the ones we use) are also a rare commodity.

What is malossol?

Malossol is an ancient Russian technique of using salt to preserve food. Malossol literally translates to ‘little salt’ and as it applies to caviar, refers to the process of salting roe to enhance both the flavor and the shelf life of the product.

How long does caviar last?

Caviar must stay refrigerated to maintain its flavor and texture, and will go rancid very quickly after it is brought up to room temperature. Caviar from different fish have different shelf life times. We have placed recommended storage temperatures and times on our product pages for your convenience.

Once caviar is opened, in most cases, it should be eaten within up to 5 days and stored in an airtight container in the coldest part of your fridge (typically near the back and away from the light).

What’s the difference between classic, royal and imperial caviar?

Classic, royal, and imperial are names used to establish a classification system to grade the quality of caviar. Caviar quality is mostly based on the size and color of the caviar beads. Not all caviar is graded against one another; instead, the rating is based on roe taken from one entire species. 

Classic - the lowest of the three grades and is given to eggs that have an average color and bead size.

Royal - a step up in quality and is given to eggs that have a lighter or brighter color and larger bead size.

Imperial - this highest ranking is given to the most rare beads; they will have the lightest color and largest bead size.

Any roe that is harvested and deemed to be below average quality will not be sold as caviar.

How do I eat caviar?

Caviar is eaten as a garnish or spread, and to get the most enjoyment from your caviar, you’ll want to learn the proper way to eat it.

Your tin will be sealed and you don’t want to open it until you are ready to eat it. If serving it at a party or to guests, try to serve it just as you are about to begin eating. 

Most people enjoy caviar dolloped on a bed of bread spread with creme fraiche.​ You might want to squeeze a lemon wedge on top. It can also be enjoyed with crackers or even potato chips. There are plenty of excellent ways to serve caviar, and you just need a small scoop on top to enjoy the sophisticated taste.​

Take a bite, and as you do, press your tongue gently against the roof of your mouth to ‘pop’ the caviar open. You want the flavors to burst onto your tongue and mingle with the bread and creme. 

Is caviar good for me?

While most decadent treats are ladened with sugar and fat, caviar is a treat for the taste buds and the body. It’s truly a superfood, caviar is loaded with exceptional health benefits.

Caviar is rich in vitamin B12, essential for healthy blood cells and nervous system development. It’s excellent for the skin structure and may help reduce signs of aging. The high count of omega 3 fatty acids contributes to healthy brain function, and it may even help lower cholesterol and keep your heart healthy.

Where does Captain’s Caviar ship?

We pack and ship our products in New York and ship in the contiguous United States with overnight Fedex delivery (sorry, we don’t currently ship to Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico). Caviar arrives fresh, not frozen, unless requested.

When will I receive my product?

We ship our products Monday to Thursday using overnight Fedex delivery. Sorry, we do not ship Friday through Sunday.

What is your return policy? What if I’m not satisfied?

We take great care to send you the highest-quality products. However, if for any reason your product arrives spoiled, we will replace it for you. You will simply need to take a photo of your spoiled product, email it to us, and we will ship another order on our next shipment date. You do not need to return your product.

To avoid disappointment, you may want to order a smaller quantity of flavors you haven’t tried before. We offer a starter park to help you get familiar with the different types of caviar we offer. If, for any reason, you feel that our caviar is not up to your standards, we encourage you to reach out to us. Please contact us here.

How can you ensure my product will be fresh?

We ship all our caviar using FedEx Overnight with Stay-Fresh packing. We ship Monday to Thursday. We do not ship Friday to Sunday. Fedex tracking will notify you of your shipping information so you know when your product is meant to arrive. Your packaging will allow your product to sit on your porch or mail area for up to XX hours. Please make arrangements to pick up your package as quickly as possible to preserve its freshness.