Salmon roe also known as red caviar, salmon caviar, salmon eggs and ikura. The unfertilized eggs are harvested from various species. It can be extracted from many types of salmon, including: pink, sockeye, king, coho, and chum.
Red caviar can be found among several cuisines. Most commonly Russian and Japanese cuisines are known to use it. Even the word 'Ikra' in Russian, which means caviar, is used to derive the Japanese 'Ikura' equivalent.
Japanese enjoy red caviar marinated in salt, soy sauce with sake. Depending on preference 'Ikura' can be also pickled with dashi. As a delicacy the caviar can be used as a topping on sushi rolls such as avocado or cucumber rolls, and salads.
Russians apply salmon roe as an appetizer on buttered bread, sprinkled atop flatbreads, crackers or buttered pancakes 'Blini'. It is very popular to serve with champagne around holidays and social occasions such as New Year's Eve.
You can also eat small amounts of salmon roe on its own.
Caviar is a rich source of nutrients, including: omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and D, and minerals such as iron, zinc, and selenium. It is also a good source of protein. These nutrients can provide a variety of health benefits:
- Supporting heart health: Omega-3 fatty acids can help lower the risk of heart disease by reducing inflammation and improving cholesterol levels.
- Boosting brain health: Omega-3s support cognitive function and may help reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
- Improving vision: Vitamin A is essential for preserving healthy eyesight and can help prevent age-related macular degeneration.
- Supporting bone health: Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, it is important for maintaining strong bones.
- Enhancing immune function: Selenium is an antioxidant that helps boost the immune system and protect against disease.
It's worth noting that caviar should be consumed in moderation as it is high in cholesterol and sodium.