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The indomitable and resourceful Travelling Gourmet TM highlights the black pearls…
MOST prized by gourmets…CAVIAR…ANTONIUS Cavaiar. This premium top class Caviar is from Poland, which is more famous for its Cider and Salami and Beef. Caviar literally means unfertilized salt-cured fish eggs. Gourmets love Malossol which means “lightly salted”.
Antonius Caviar uses roe of the Russian sturgeon (Acipenser gueldenstaedtii) as well as the Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii) to produce caviar. Very meticulous selection of the sturgeon females requires expert knowledge. The female sturgeon reaches reproductive age only after 7 years. Antonius only extracts Roe for caviar production from healthy mature females of 8-10 years. This ensures the BEST quality Caviar.
The sturgeons for producing caviar are bred at the „GOSŁAWICE” Fish Farm located in Konin. This farm has been breeding fish since 1967. The Farm has now become the largest in Poland for sturgeon breeding and is also one of the largest in Europe!
How to enjoy Caviar
Gourmets savour caviar…they do not eat caviar. Always served chilled on a bowl of crushed ice. Never use metal spoons especially silver because they impart a metallic taste to the caviar. Use mother of pearl, ivory or tortoise shell spoons. Never ever keep caviar in the freezer! Keep it in the refridgerator at about 3C.
My good friend, Regional Executive Chef of Shangri-La, Paul Lenz, told me, “When the caviar is really good it is best to taste it as it is, without adding anything else…” However, many caviar connoisseurs like to have their caviar on Russian Blinis (pancakes) with finely chopped raw onion, egg yolk, finely diced egg white and sour cream. I like to relish my caviar on top of a soft boiled egg…I cut the top cut off… put a dollop of sour cream on top of the egg, then a generous spoonful of caviar on top of the sour cream. ENJOY! With some ice cold Russian Vodka of Champagne…and a beautiful blonde bombshell…INcidentally, Bond…James Bond 007 loves caviar.
True connoisseurs and Chefs taste Caviar like this:
Put a little bit of caviar on the back of your hand between your thumb & your index finger. Examine the roe…then taste it by using your tongue to burst the little pearls of caviar on your palate. This releases the flavours and aromas for you to savour and enjoy!
Health Benefits of Caviar
Not many know that Caviar is as powerful as the potent anti-depressant Prozac! Caviar is also packed with Omega # Fatty Acids so just one gram a day is enough for optimal heart health. Vitamin B12 and Selenium are other goodies in Caviar. I want more caviar!!! 🙂
***In sunny Singapore, order Antonius Caviar from DREAM FOOD Pte. Ltd
The Travelling Gourmet TM says: Keep calm and savour caviar!
May we always have Caviar dreams and champagne wishes! 🙂
Gospodarstwo Rybackie “GOSŁAWICE” sp. z o.o.
ul. Rybacka 2, 62-510 Konin,