Caviar spoon

Mother of pearl caviar spoon
Mother of pearl caviar spoon, 14 cm (5 12 in), with engraved sterling silver handle
Caviar spoons with assorted caviar

Caviar spoons are traditionally made of inert materials, such as animal horn, gold, mother of pearl,[1] and wood.[2] They range in length from 7 to 13 cm (2.7 to 5 in), and have a small shallow bowl that may be either oval or paddle shaped.

There is a custom that caviar should not be served with a metal spoon, because metal may impart an undesirable flavour.[3] Though caviar is stored and sold in metal tins, non-reactive interior linings are put in place to prevent any adverse effects.[4] Silver spoons are reactive, however, and thus may affect the flavor.[5]


  1. ^ Wolke, Robert L. (2002). What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained (1st ed.). New York: W.W. Norton. p. 163. ISBN 0393011836.
  2. ^ "History of Cutlery: History of the Spoon". =Eating Utensils. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  3. ^ Tesauro, Jason and Phineas Mollod (2002). The Modern Gentleman (2nd ed.). [Berkeley, Calif.]: Ten Speed Press. p. 48. ISBN 9781607740063.
  4. ^ Chandra, Gowri. "5 Myths About Eating Caviar and How to Unlearn Them". Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  5. ^ Burnside, Margaret Word (Jan–Feb 2010). "Ask Margaret: Why can't caviar be served with metal spoons?". Tampa Bay Magazine. 25 (1). Retrieved 14 November 2012.

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