Just when I think I’ve seen it all, another weird and wonderful bit of exotica pops up.
Quail, chicken, or ostrich?
This wasn’t a question I was expecting when I visited a large supermarket in Tallinn, Estonia. With three types to choose from, at this store, the egg department really was a department. How did I choose? It all came down to the egg-conomics:
After finding a few eggs-perts on the internet, I discovered that:
6 quail eggs = 1 chicken egg
24 chicken eggs = 144 quail eggs = 1 ostrich egg
The price for one dozen quail eggs was $3, chicken eggs rang in at $4 per dozen, and one ostrich egg cost a wallet-walloping $50. And even though one ostrich egg is equivalent to 2 dozen chicken eggs, the math clearly favors the lowly chicken.
For years we had a couple of decorative ostrich eggshells from our years in Sudan. They sat on our bookshelf all those years, but until now, I’d never really thought of cooking and eating an ostrich egg. As you might expect, the internet has lots of resources, and I’m providing these links for eggs-tra credit:
A recipe for a bacon and cheese ostrich egg frittata from greedygourmet.
A Youtube video on how to fry an ostrich egg.
Sorry for all the egg-centric puns. You can decide if they’re weird or wonderful.
2. Courtesy of Aretstruz Mallorca