Caviar is a delicacy often served as a spread on other foods such as crackers or bread, but it can also be eaten by itself. It is composed of fish roe: in other words, fully ripe fish eggs. Typically, when somebody refers to caviar, they are talking about the type of roe harvested specifically from the rare sturgeon fish from the Caspian Seas.
That is why caviar is often so pricey. However, you can sometimes find caviar that is made from other types of roe, like salmon. Usually, it will be less expensive. Caviar is also harvested and prepared with a mother of pearl spoon to preserve the taste, though they can also be made of gold or even animal horn. We’re taking a look at the ten most expensive types of caviar in the world.
10 IRANIAN PEARL CAVIAR – $3K
You know that any caviar with the word “pearl” in the name is going to be incredibly rich and expensive. Iranian Pearl Caviar is processed by the Caspian Fisheries and Management Authorities, who have perfected the best way of crafting the highest quality of caviar.
You can be confident that the price you spend will be worth it. This decadent product will provide a buttery finish to any meal, or you can decide to eat it by itself. The only way to purchase this is by ordering it online. Each batch is made to order.
9 RUSSIAN OSSETRA CAVIAR – $3K
This special type of caviar is harvested from the ossetra fish. This caviar comes from the Acipenser Gueldenstaedtii Sturgeon, which translates to “Russian Sturgeon.” It is golden-brown caviar and has a supremely delicious nutty flavor.
If you want to buy a sizeable amount of this caviar, it is going to cost you somewhere in the neighborhood of $3000. That is the price you pay for anything that requires a large amount of manpower to get it from the sea to your table. Surely if you and your friends are fans of caviar you’ll want to try every variety that’s out there.
8 CLASSIC GRAY SEVRUGA CAVIAR – $3K
Like the other Sevruga Caviars on this list, this one is essentially the same in its creation and where you will find it (through gourmet stores or specialized caviar-specific websites that procure it made-to-order) but it is different in appearance. The Classic Gray Sevruga Caviar comes in a lighter grey color but that doesn’t change its taste or make it less desirable.
It is not quite as rare as some of the other Sevruga Caviars, and that is why the price isn’t as lofty as a few of the other ones shown on this list. Actually, many people enjoy the flavor of this caviar more than others.
7 IRANIAN IMPERIAL WILD CAVIAR – $3K
The Iranian Imperial Wild Caviar is harvested from the Beluga Sturgeon in the Iranian Caspian Sea. This specific caviar is known for its greyish-colored eggs and they have a nutty flavor. Despite sounding like they might be high-priced, this caviar is actually “only” about $3k.
That is still extremely expensive for the average consumer, but for gourmet foodies who eat caviar on the regular, this isn’t one of the most extraordinarily-priced caviar in the world. That said, it still easily ranks on this list above some of the others. This caviar is a little bigger than the average as well. It is easier to come by this caviar, but you will still have to pay pricey shipping costs.
6 IMPERIAL OSETRA CAVIAR – $4K
Sasanian Caviar is one of the biggest retailers out there that sells caviar. If you’re trying to purchase caviar online, this is the website you’ll want to go to as they have the best products and most reasonable prices. Mind you, most caviar is still going to cost you an arm and a leg, but it is recommended that you try this site first as they typically have the best deals.
They have a superior brand of caviar known as the Imperial Osetra Caviar, which is named for its exclusiveness and selected for kings. They are the leading source of highest grade Imperial Osetra Caviar.
5 FRESH IMPORTED SEVRUGA CAVIAR – $8K
This specific caviar is a French delicacy and is specially imported from France. The reason it made the list is that it has exceptional flavor, and due to the importing fees (and the way it is specially made) it will cost you around $8,000 or more to purchase an ample amount.
The caviar is also made from the roe of the smallest breed of sturgeon, but despite their small size, the caviar still packs a lot of flavors. It is eaten by the French elite.
4 SEVRUGA CAVIAR – $9K
The Sevruga caviar is harvested from a specific species of sturgeon fish. This one comes from the Siberian sturgeon, another denizen of the Caspian Sea. It can also be found in the Aegean Sea basin.
One of the rarest forms of Sevruga caviar comes from the Sterlet sturgeon, which would then become known as the Imperial caviar. There are many different mixes and variations of Sevruga caviar, but they all come at a high price because of the rarity of the fish. The Sterlet sturgeon, in particular, is almost extinct. This caviar is sold at gourmet food stores only.
3 OSSETRA CAVIAR – $10K
Apart from the luxurious Beluga caviars that take up spots one and two on this list, the Ossetra caviar is one of the most expensive in the world, coming in around $10,000. It comes from a sturgeon known as the Ossetra. It is smaller than the Beluga and firmer in texture.
There are a few different shades of Ossetra available, and Golden Ossetra maybe even more expensive than the traditional color. Because of how lucrative caviar from sturgeon is, it is causing the Caspian Ossetra to veer towards extinction. It is possible that if the market continues on this same path over the next few years, they could vanish altogether. You will only find Ossetra caviar at gourmet food stores.
2 ALMAS CAVIAR – $25K
Almas is the most luxurious and expensive caviar in the world. It is actually ranked in the Guinness World Book of Records for its exorbitant price tag. The only way you can purchase this specific brand of caviar is at select Caviar House & Prunier stores.
It can cost upwards of $25,000 and it comes in a container coated in 24-karat gold. This is definitely not something you would find on the appetizer table at your average dinner party. The Almas caviar is so expensive because it comes from the rare albino beluga sturgeon near located in the Caspian Sea.
1 STROTTARGA BIANCO – $100K
This white-gold caviar known as “Strottarga Bianco” is sold at a value of $100,000 per kilo. That is an absurd price tag for some fish eggs. But it does make sense that this caviar is only sold through special order. You can’t just walk into a store and purchase this brand of caviar.
It is made from the rare albino sturgeon, like another type of caviar on this list. However, this particular type of caviar is more expensive than the Almas because it is ground up with white roe and then 22-carat gold leaf is sprinkled into the mixture. So, if the $25,000 price tag doesn’t scare you off, then add some gold leaf to your caviar and you’ll be paying four times that much.