Caviar (sturgeon eggs) is a such a delicacy it requires its own spoon. The spoon is usually small (about 6 inches or smaller) and has an oval or shallow bowl to serve the caviar. But, you will also find some spoons larger and more ornate.
However, the material of the spoons is what is most important. Grabbing your silver teaspoon to serve caviar is considered a real faux-paus. Instead, caviar spoons are made of materials that won't taint the delicate taste of this luxury.
Here are the most common materials used for caviar spoons:
Mother of Pearl
This is the most common material used. Mother of Pearl is from oysters, delicate and doesn't react with the caviar.
(The large shell at the top of the image above would be used as a plate for serving the caviar)
Often times, you will find these hand carved bone spoons. They are so exceptional.
Wood spoons are usually preferred by serious caviar consumers.
Yeah, So I Don't Eat Caviar
Well, I mean, I am not exactly popping open a can on a Monday night after work while my son is watching Sesame Street.
These lovely spoons can be used for serving salt (coming soon, a blog post on salt cellars), jelly and mustards. Think of how amazing these would look added to a charcuterie plate or at your next brunch!
How do you use caviar spoons?