I love being vegetarian. Don't get me wrong, there are some annoying aspects of having a restricted diet - but mostly it's plain sailing.
I also love visiting food fairs - but recently it has felt like I've seen every vegetarian product under the sun. There doesn't seem to be much more innovation in veggie friendly food.
This year, I went to the Good Food Show (well, MasterChef Live - but hardly anyone is there for the TV tie in) to see what was on offer. The usual range of meat substitutes were there - sausages, burgers, powerfully flavoured tofu. But tucked away in a corner were these little jars of delight...
Vegetarian Beluga Caviar! Sold in the UK by Caviar4Everyone.
I only had caviare a few times before I became vegetarian - and I'm certain I never had the really expensive stuff - but I remember it tasting delicious. The taste of this vegetarian substitute is sublime. It really captures what I remember of the essential taste, texture and aroma of caviare - and at less than a tenth of the price.
The caviar is the brainchild of Dr Robert Khachatryan - a former Soviet heart surgeon. Dr Khachatryan was looking for a low cholesterol alternative to caviar and this is what he came up with.
In our brief discussion, it became apparent that this veggie friendly dish has many advantages over regular caviar.
- It's vegetarian! No more killing animals for food.
- Zero cholesterol, low sodium, generally healthy.
- Cheap! A 125g jar is around £20. That's less than a tenth of the real stuff.
- Environmentally friendly. Traditional caviar is being over-fished
Even if you're not vegetarian, you owe it to yourself to try some of this amazing product. The webshop is very basic - but the product is exceptional.
You can buy different flavours of caviar, in varying tub sizes, at http://www.caviar4everyone.com/purchase.htm