What Color Is Caviar?

Depending on the type of fish and any additions, caviar, also known as roe, can be any shade of red, orange, grey, brown, or black. Osetra, for instance, is orange, whereas trout caviar is grey to brown.

A different sturgeon type, Sevruga, is small and greyish. Beluga caviar is made from pea-sized, silver-gray to black eggs with a black mark. Common small caviar from lumpfish is frequently painted red or black.

Whitefish caviar is golden-yellow, while American caviar from paddlefish is grey. Larger, deep crimson to pale orange roe are produced by salmon. Tarama, roe from carp, is similarly orange.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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