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Tuesday, September 7

The Incredible, Edible Egg (wasn't that a commercial jingle)?

We have chickens.  15 of them, to be exact (was 16, but one was really mean, so we chose a "better" use for her time).  All laying hens, we currently are owned by 4 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Light Brahmas, 2 Gold-Laced Wyandottes, and 5 Jersey Giants.  I was raised a city gal (Jacksonville, FL), so I'd never had any real experience raising chickens, but we live in the country now (NE Alabama), and thought "What fun it would be to have some chickens around"...HAHAHA.

Well, they've grown up, and recently, they've started earning their keep...laying eggs.  That got me to thinking...how did the everyday egg become the culinary necessity that it is today?  So, without further ado, we now delve into the world of the one, the only...EGG!!



It's a wonder to behold, really.  The egg encompasses so much, provides so much, and it's such a little package.  With little internet research, I came up with the following information: 

Chicken eggs are the most commonly eaten eggs. They supply all essential amino acids for humans, and provide several vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, riboflavin (vitamin B2), folic acid (vitamin B9), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, choline, iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium. They are also an inexpensive single-food source of protein.

All of the egg's vitamin A, D and E are in the egg yolk. The egg is one of the few foods that naturally contains vitamin D. A large egg yolk contains approximately 60 Calories (250 kilojoules); the egg white contains about 15 Calories (60 kilojoules). A large yolk contains more than two-thirds of the recommended daily intake of 300 mg of cholesterol (although one study indicates that the human body may not absorb much cholesterol from eggs). The yolk makes up about 33% of the liquid weight of the egg. It contains all of the fat, slightly less than half of the protein, and most of the other nutrients. It also contains all of the choline, and one yolk contains approximately half of the recommended daily intake. Choline is an important nutrient for development of the brain, and is said to be important for pregnant and nursing women to ensure healthy fetal brain development.

Who knew, right?  All that inside a little thing that fits inside the palm of your hand?

At any rate, eggs are healthy, and they have a number of uses, not all of which are as food.  For instance, a popular Easter tradition in some parts of the world is the decoration of hard-boiled eggs (usually by dyeing, but often by hand or spray-painting). Adults often hide the eggs for children to find, an activity known as an Easter egg hunt. A similar tradition of egg painting exists in areas of the world influenced by the culture of Persia. Before the spring equinox, in the Persian New Year tradition (called Norouz), each family member decorates a hard-boiled egg and sets them together in a bowl.  I'll leave off some of the less desirable uses for eggs (halloween pranks and the sort), mainly to prevent being blamed later for someone misbehaving.

I could probably spend an entire day listing ways to cook eggs (scrambled, fried, poached, boiled), but instead, let's explore how to use them to create meals that are truly enjoyable.  The following website is dedicated to...wait for it...The Incredible Edible Egg!!  There are recipes here for pretty much any craving, event, or time of day you just feel like eating.

http://www.incredibleegg.org/recipes-and-more/recipes

I will leave you here to explore that site as you choose.  Just remember...eggs are yummy, and very versatile, so...ENJOY!!




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