Chernaya Ikra Черная Икра

Black Caviar (“chernaya ikra”)

Beluga caviar (aka “chernaya ikra” / “чёрная икра”) is caviar consisting of the roe (or eggs) of the beluga sturgeon Huso huso. It is found primarily in the Caspian Sea, the world’s largest salt-water lake, which is bordered by Iran and the CIS countries of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan. It can also be found in the Black Sea basin and occasionally in the Adriatic Sea. Beluga caviar is the most expensive type of caviar, with present market prices ranging from $7,000 to $10,000/kg ($3,200 to $4,500/lb) (Buy)

Red caviar (“krasnaya ikra”)

Red caviar (aka “krasnaya ikra” / “красная икра”) is a caviar made from the roe of Pacific, Atlantic and river species of salmon. Given its high price in the West, red caviar is associated with luxury and wealth, but in Russia and Japan, caviar is commonly served at holiday feasts, weddings and other festive occasions. (Buy)

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сгущёнка sgushenka

Condensed milk (“sgushenka”)

Condensed milk is cow’s milk from which water has been removed. It is most often found in the form of sweetened condensed milk (SCM) (aka “sgushenka” / “сгущёнка”), with sugar added, and the two terms “condensed milk” and “sweetened condensed milk” are often used synonymously today. Sweetened condensed milk is a very thick, sweet product which when canned can last for years without refrigeration if not opened. Condensed milk is used in numerous dessert dishes in many countries (Buy)

Smoked Sprats (“shproti”)

Smoked sprats (aka “shproti” / “шпроты”) is one of the most iconic canned fish. It’s generally served on black rye bread. (Buy)

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