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Understanding the Role of Color in Caviar

Role of Color in Caviar photo showing caviar in different colors

Are you looking for what color of caviar to choose? You see multiple colors, or you know the most common ones, but have no idea what they mean or their origin? Learn the standard colors of fish roe in this blog.

Many people wonder what color caviar is? And the most common answer is that caviar is black or red in color. And if these two color options are usually the best known.

Although those are classic terms to compare sturgeon versus roe from other fish. However, there is an excellent variety of caviar colors originating from different fish species and within the same species.

Let’s understand the colors of caviar and the role that each color fulfills within the caviar world.We will talk about caviar using the definition of caviar from the USA. So we will include all the roe to explain its colors, from various fish roe and the classic shape of caviar.

Let’s start talking about the black color “black caviar.”

Generally, this color in caviar comes from sturgeon fish. Although the name Caviar Black makes us think that it can only be that color, in reality, other colors under this term can be brown, gray, and even gold.

That is why it can be found with these colors in caviar of Beluga, Sturgeon, Osetra, Kaluga, and many other fish of the Acipenseridae family. These egg fish are considered as real caviar, the one that comes from sturgeon fish.

bemka paddle fish caviar
In the market, you can also find other black caviar that is not from sturgeon fish. Example: Bowfin roe and Cyclopterus Lupus or Lumpfish.

Gray Caviar, this caviar color comes from many fish. Sturgeon fish, for example, can also give this tonality, typically Sevruga sturgeon or sometimes Paddlefish. Still, the most notorious is the Beluga sturgeon.

The shade of gray can vary from one fish to another. However, it is part of the silver range, sometimes it can be seen clear or milky. When you inspect the roe closely, you will notice that there is an eye on each egg. This is the physical egg, while the egg sac is the surrounding gel. This caviar color is unique but typical of some species.

Gold Caviar, one of the most coveted caviar. A delicious and authentic delicacy when it is from a real sturgeon. Only some sturgeons manage to produce light eggs; this makes them something exotic and expensive.

When you go to buy golden caviar, make sure it is imperial or of the highest quality. However, keep in mind that you are not only paying for the color. You must also take into account other important factors that make this caviar your best choice.
bemka royal imperial caviar photo
To finish, let’s talk about salmon eggs, which generate a variety of orange and red caviar. They are usually a more affordable option for caviar lovers, in addition to having a unique texture.

Another example of a fish that gives this orange hue is carp fish roe. In general, some people find it to have a similar profile to smoked salmon.

On the other hand, Rainbow Trout roe are orange in tone; their difference from sturgeon is that they are more extensive but smaller than a salmon egg.


The tone to which the term refers depends on each fish species from which the caviar comes.
What colors of caviar can I mix when trying them?

  1. If you find the golden yellow variety caviar, combine it with other colors found in nature, such as blues, greens, reds, browns, and purples. This will make your dish look much more attractive without losing the flavor of each one.
  2. You can also mix sturgeon gray silver roe, with black or white, to make your dish look much more dramatic. You can also incorporate emerald green and navy blue elements for the same effect.
When it comes to caviar, color is a factor to consider. However, it is not an absolute indicator of the quality of this delicacy. That is why at Caviar Lover, we not only use color as an indicator of quality; we also take into account different factors such as flavor, texture, and size. So that when you taste our caviar, whatever the color, you can consume a quality product.