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Monday, May 28, 2012

Beautiful Brown Eggs

Brown Chicken Eggs

I don’t know of an egg sold in Canada that isn’t “Made in Canada”.  But I would like to challenge you to find your local hobby farmer and try a fresh egg from close to home.

Here is all you need to know (or at least some things) about eggs:

  • They don’t have to be white.  Brown eggs are just fine.
  • They don’t all have to be the same size.  See that big one – you could score a double yolker!
  • They are a good source of protein.
  • They have 14 essential nutrients.
  • If an egg is old it will float.
  • The color of the yolk is dependent on the diet of the hen (colorless diet equals colorless yolk).
  • Egg yolk is one of the few food sources that contain Vitamin D naturally.
  • Eggs also contain Vitamin A and E.
  • More people are allergic to egg whites than egg yolk.
  • There is Choline in eggs ~ great for brain power.
  • Eggs contain Lutein & Zeaxanthin which is good for the eyes.
  • The protein in eggs is good for energy and weight management.
  • Some other great nutrients found in eggs are Riboflavin, Vitamin B12, Zinc, Niacin, Selenium, Folate and Iron.
  • Eggs are also a source of Omega 3 fats.
  • Blood spots are sometimes found on egg yolks ~ it does not mean the egg is fertilized.  It sometimes happens due to a ruptured blood vessel.  They are not harmful and can be eaten, but they can also be removed. 
  • The strands that hold the egg yolk in place are called the chalazae. (pronounced chuh-LAY-zee)
  • Eggs can also be used in some home made beauty treatments.

Your local hobby farmer would be happy to let you try some eggs.  You can look in your local paper for an ad or check at your local farmers market.


Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

A great posting... great list about eggs. (Do you have that on a sheet you could hand out with your egg sales?)

Betty said...

Now there is a great idea!