Monday, April 2, 2018

Fowl Stuff

I got to thinking about something yesterday. North Americans love eggs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner but for the most part it's always the chicken egg that ends up in the pan. Quail and duck eggs are finding their way across the pond (duck eggs are the thing in China, for instance) to our plates but for the most part, it's chicken, chicken, chicken!

When you consider how much turkey we eat in North America (4th most popular meat in Canada. says Modern Farmer) it should stand to reason that we could be sitting down to eggs benedict with the likes of Turkey Lurkey instead of the Little Red Hen. Why don't we eat turkey eggs anyway?

I spent some time with Google and turned up a few reasons why turkey producers never turned their turkey producers over to the egg market. For one, while turkeys lay larger eggs they also do not lay as many eggs as chickens and they take much longer to lay their eggs. So it's really all about price.

Once upon a time in the U.S. turkey omelettes were on the menu and the Hopi still consider the eggs a delicacy. It was a staple once; when wild turkeys were still a thing. Supply and demand, of course.

You might be asking why am I wasting blog space talking turkey? I can't really say. But it is quite an interesting egg to look at, eh?

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to listen to me go on and on about turkey eggs. Blame the Easter dinner I had on Sunday. All information I found came from the following sites.

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