Is masago a caviar?
Masago is a type of fish roe.
Masago and caviar are both fish roe (fish eggs) from different species of fish. Only the roe from sturgeon fish is called “true caviar.” So, technically, masago is not caviar. Both masago and caviar are used as a garnish and not as the main ingredient. However, there are differences between these two types of fish eggs.
Table 1. The Differences Between Masago and Caviar
|Type of fish||Capelin||Wild sturgeon fish|
|Color||Bright reddish-orange||Ranges from amber or green to deep black|
Salty, smoky and slightly bitter
|Cost||Less expensive||Highly expensive|
|Size||Very small||Size of a pea|
Omega-3 fatty acids
Content credit: MedicineNet