Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai teamed up with luxury US caviar company AmStur this New Year’s Eve to create the seemingly impossible task of breaking the Guinness World Record™ for the world’s largest caviar tin. The 50kg serving of caviar was presented to guests at the resorts’ Gala New Year’s Eve dinner and smashed the previous Guinness World Record™ for the world’s largest caviar tin, which was recorded in 2016, weighing in at 17kg. The 50kg serving was presented to guests in a custom-made, diamond shaped caviar tin coined ‘Cleito’ after the famous goddess known as the ‘Mother of Atlantis’. Here they reveal the top 10 facts you didn’t know about caviar:
- Caviar comes from one of the oldest fish in the world. Often described as “living fossils,” sturgeon is one of the oldest groups of living vertebrates, with records dating back more than 150 million years.
- Caviar is one of the oldest delicacies in the world, dating back to the 13th century.
Before raw oysters, Champagne, and truffles were deemed a delicacy, caviar was coveted by kings and the aristocracy. Ancient Greeks, Romans and Russian tsars were all known to splurge on caviar
- The salmon roe on your sushi is not caviar! Caviar was originally harvested by Russian and Persian fishermen in the Caspian Sea. The term refers to unfertilized salt-cured fish eggs from different species of sturgeon, including Ossetra, Sevruga and Beluga.
- Caviar is judged on its color, flavor, texture and maturity. The finest, most expensive caviars are older, larger eggs that are lighter in color. Lower quality caviar is younger, with a less intensely fishy flavor, and darker in color.
- Caviar lasts more than a day. Because it’s technically cured fish, caviar has a long shelf-life, even after it’s opened.
- Caviar is like wine. Caviar collectors will seek out reserve caviar, the rarest and most expensive of all caviars. In the Middle Ages, many countries had laws that required the finest caviar to be reserved for the monarchy.
- Caviar was thought to relieve depression. Historically, caviar was prescribed to alleviate depression. Recent studies show that high doses of omega-3 fatty acids – caviar is rich in omega-3s – may alleviate symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder.
- Caviar is audible. When fish eggs rub against each other, the friction can be heard. The sound of good caviar when it’s packed is distinctly recognizable as something similar to a cat’s purr.
- Sustainable caviar is the future. Aquaculture – the farming of fish, seaweed, shellfish and crustaceans – is therefore one of the most promising innovations for providing the world with a safe, healthy and sustainable supply of high-quality seafood. AmStur’s facilities represent the gold standard in aquaculture. Certified as a “Best Choice” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch.
- Caviar isn’t as Russian as you think. The word “caviar” didn’t originate from Russia. The word caviar originates from the Turkish khavyar, first appearing in English print in 1591.
Atlantis, The Palm is the first entertainment resort destination in the region and located at the centre of the crescent of The Palm in Dubai. Opened in September 2008, the unique ocean-themed resort features a variety of marine and entertainment attractions, as well as 17 hectares of waterscape amusement at Aquaventure Waterpark, all within a 46-hectare site. It is home to one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world, with over 65,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays including The Lost Chambers Aquarium, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis. Aquaventure features 18 million liters of fresh water used to power thrilling waterslides, a 2.3-kilometer river ride with tidal waves and pools, water rapids and white water chargers. Dolphin Bay, the unparalleled dolphin conservation and education habitat, and Sea Lion Point were created to provide guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn more about one of nature’s most friendly mammals. Atlantis, The Palm is also known as the culinary destination in the region with a collection of world-renowned restaurants including Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Nobu and Ronda Locatelli. The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops as well as extensive meeting and convention facilities.