Hilary Duff reveals she serves caviar as a snack for 'very picky' 10yo son and his friends

Hilary Duff and her son Luca, inset photo of Hilary Duff smiling
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Memories of playdates back in the days dinosaurs roamed the earth (or the mid-2000s) are likely filled with Bratz dolls, SingStar, Harry Potter, and snacks - usually carrot sticks, apple slices, string cheese, or a sweet treat if we were lucky. 

But for former Lizzie McGuire star and mum-of-three Hilary Duff, her eldest son has a little more of a refined palette - with the actor admitting he often requests caviar for himself and his friends. 

In a recent interview with Yahoo Life, the 35-year-old star gave some insight into life at home with her husband, Matthew Koma, and three children - Luca, 10, Banks, four, and Mae, one.

"[My children] all like different things and they're all very picky. But Luca will live for caviar," Duff told the outlet.

"If we're having friends over, I'll put potato chips out and some caviar and he's so excited," she added. "They won't eat cauliflower, but they love broccoli. They won't touch kiwi, but they love apples."

And despite her How I Met Your Father character, Sophie, living a life of swanky bars and dinner parties with Manhattan socialites, off-screen Duff says she has become "a short-order chef" in her own home.

"It's tough. Some days are tougher than others… I had no idea it was going to be this complicated," she said about her picky eaters. 

"They love salty things, but then the second I try to put a little lemon zest or something, they're like, 'That was different'."

Chicken wings, roasted vegetables, and pasta with olives and capers are among her brood's favourite meals, she said - and of course, caviar for 10-year-old Luca.

Often associated with the luxurious lifestyles of the rich and famous, caviar is considered a rare delicacy in the culinary world. Caviar is unfertilised fish eggs, also known as fish roe, and comes from several species of wild sturgeon. While the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea long produced much of the world's caviar, farm-produced caviar has become more popular as populations of wild sturgeon have been depleted from overfishing.

How much you pay for caviar depends on the source. For example, in New Zealand you can pick up 50g of black sturgeon caviar for $120. Beluga caviar, the largest, rarest, and the most expensive caviar, can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Previously, Duff has been spotted shopping at Los Angeles' Absolute Caviar, where a two-ounce tin (roughly 60g) of its Sevruga Sturgeon Black Caviar Imperial starts from US$100, according to reports. 

Duff shares Luca with her first husband, Canadian former professional ice hockey player Mike Comrie, whom she married in 2010 and divorced in 2016. 

She wed singer-songwriter Matthew Koma in 2019, with whom she shares daughters Banks and Mae. 

Hilary Duff as Lizzie McGuire
Hilary Duff became a teen idol after rocketing to international fame as the title character of the television series, Lizzie McGuire (2001–2004). Photo credit: File

In April 2021, Duff told the Informed Pregnancy Podcast she had wanted then-nine-year-old Luca to witness the at-home water birth of his sister, Mae, explaining: "It was kind of important for me [for him to be there] because I'm really big on being open and honest with him about how strong women are and what childbirth looks like.

"He knows all about periods and it's important for me to normalise that conversation with him for all the women that are going to be in his life."