Russian Osetra caviar varies in color, from deep brown to gold. Lighter varieties are more sought after, as they have the richest flavor and come from the oldest of sturgeon. Golden Osetra is a rare form of Osetra caviar, and is golden-yellow in color with a very rich flavor.
The word Osetra is the transcription of the Russian word “осётр” (“осeтр”) which translates into English as sturgeon. At one time the term “ossetra” simply referred to Russian sturgeon species harvested for this type of caviar