Dark star: Khavyar’s sustainably farmed American caviar

(Image credit: Ivan Ruberto)

Pioneering American Caviar brand, Khavyar, offers three different types of Sturgeon caviar farmed from California, Kentucky and Illinois. Pictured: Caviar set, £1,900, by Asprey. Crushed ice, from The Ice Box. 'Arc' bread plate, £50, by Richard Brendon. Caviar spoon, £23, by Thomas Goode. Spoonbill American Caviar, $45 for 1oz; Ikura Salmon caviar, $15 for 1oz; Siberian American Caviar, $630 for 7oz, all from Khavyar

Caviar is best known as a decadent Russian delicacy, but a new US brand is turning that stereotype on its head. Khavyar, an online purveyor based in New Orleans, has assembled a collection of sustainably farmed varieties, both domestically and abroad. While Khavyar offers different types of roes sourced from Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Israel, it’s the selection gleaned from American waters that has us taking notice. Harking back to the 19th century, when caviar was found in abundance in the US, Khavyar offers three different types of Sturgeon caviar farmed from California, Kentucky and Illinois.

Inky black in appearance and offering a robust, clean flavour, the American counterparts provide that same rich quality at a more affordable price. Khayvar’s other domestic caviars include the mildly sweet Golden Whitefish from the Great Lakes, the creamy Spoonbill American from Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee, and the intensely flavoured Amia Calva (also known as Bowfin).

As originally featured in the March 2016 issue of Wallpaper (*204)


For more information, visit the Khavyar website

Photography: Ivan Ruberto

Pei-Ru Keh is a former US Editor at Wallpaper*. Born and raised in Singapore, she has been a New Yorker since 2013. Pei-Ru held various titles at Wallpaper* between 2007 and 2023. She reports on design, tech, art, architecture, fashion, beauty and lifestyle happenings in the United States, both in print and digitally. Pei-Ru took a key role in championing diversity and representation within Wallpaper's content pillars, actively seeking out stories that reflect a wide range of perspectives. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children, and is currently learning how to drive.