How to Eat Caviar Caviar was once a specialty food enjoyed only by royalty and the wealthy elite, but today, caviar has become readily available to the public. In spite of it's availability, its unique flavor can make eating caviar for the first time a challenge.
Serve caviar on a bed of shaved ice either in its own tin or in a glass or Mother of Pearl server. Never use metal when serving caviar, as it has adverse affects on the flavor. Traditionally caviar is served with Mother of Pearl but glass, wood, bone, shell and even gold utensils and servers work just as nicely.
There are several caviar types and many varieties of fish that contribute to this ancient gourmet treat. True caviar, gourmet caviar, however, comes from sturgeon only, primarily Beluga, Osetra, and Sevruga sturgeons. Every species of sturgeon, however, is on the endangered species list.
Silver and metal bowls and utensils should be avoided due to oxidation, which may impart a metallic taste to the caviar. Choose servers and utensils made of glass, bone, tortoise shell, wood, plastic, or to be truly traditional, mother-of-pearl or gold.