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Itâ€TMs Time for an Edible Egg Hunt!

By Taylor Satterly

When you think of an egg, the first animal that comes to mind might be a chicken. The chicken egg is eaten scrambled, fried, poached, boiled and raw! In the kitchen, the egg is used to bind ingredients, leaven souffles, thicken custards, emulsify dressings, clarify soups and as a garnish. This isnâ€TMt surprising considering the eggâ€TMs natural versatility and the fact that it is a nutrition powerhouse full of protein and a variety of vitamins and minerals.

But, wait… what about other types of bird eggs? Although chicken eggs are most popular, the consumption of eggs from other birds is a trend that is sweeping across America—currently more prevalent in some states than others. A few of these eggs include duck, quail and ostrich. Some farmers and grocery stores have started selling them, and some upscale restaurants have started serving them. Whether youâ€TMre open to untraditional foods or a skeptic, consider the addition of other bird eggs to your diet or at least try them once. When you do come across them, you may be astonished at the tasty, nutritious “prize” they have to offer inside.

Check out the side-by-side comparison below and get ready to expand your taste for eggs.

CHICKEN
Size: Weight: 2 ounces
Color: Varies
Taste: Mild flavor
Buy: Farmers' markets, supermarkets, superstores, most convenience stores Cost: $

DUCK
Size: Jumbo chicken egg size
Color: Beige-gray shell
Taste: Intense; creamier texture
Buy: Whole Foods Market (varies by region), farms (Wedge Oak Farm in Lebanon, Circle V Farms in Sneedville, Mother Earth Meats in Knoxville, Ecotone Farm in Joelton, Main Street Farmersâ€TM Market in Chattanooga) and locally sourced Old School Farms Restaurant (located 10 minutes from downtown Nashville) Cost: $$

QUAIL
Size: Similar to a grape tomato
Color: Freckle-like brown specks on white, blue or green shell Taste: Slightly richer
Buy: Whole Foods Market (varies by region), farms (Giving Thanks Farm in Clarksville, Rockdale Ranch in Goodlettsville) and restaurants (Antica and Miel in Nashville and King Market Café in Antioch) Cost: $$

OSTRICH
Size: Equal to 24 chicken eggs
Color: White
Taste: Similar to chicken eggs
Buy: Currently unavailable in Tennessee, but can be found online or at a few out-of-state farms (New York, California, New Mexico) Cost: $$$

Scrambled Egg Muffins
Makes 9 servings/Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
¾ cup white mushrooms 6 whole chicken eggs + 6 chicken egg whites; or 9 duck eggs; or 45 quail eggs; or 2 1/4 cups ostrich egg 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350° F. 2. In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add onion, red pepper, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Stir in cheese. 3. Evenly distribute mixture into nine muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Nutritional information based on 1 serving:

EGG TYPE USED IN RECIPE

Chicken
Duck
Quail
Ostrich
Calories
87
154
94
107
Total fat (g)
4.5
10
6
6
Saturated fat (g)
1
4
1
1
Carbohydrate (g)
2
1.5
1.5
1.5
Protein (g)
9
11
7
7
Cholesterol (mg)
130
623
384
15
Sodium (mg)
322
283
246
181

Taylor Satterly is from Danville, Kentucky. She earned a bachelorâ€TMs degree in dietetics from the University of Kentucky. Currently, she is attending Vanderbilt University Medical Centerâ€TMs Dietetic Internship program and plans to complete National Board exams to become a registered dietitian. Her practice areas of interest include long-term care, nutrition support, outpatient, geriatrics, cardiology, transplant and renal nutrition.

References
Information:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/345784-nutritional-facts-on-ostrich-eggs/ http://www.ehow.com/info_8747969_ostrich-eggs-vs-chicken-eggs.html http://skipthepie.org/dairy-and-egg-products/egg-whole-raw-fresh/compared-to/egg-quail-whole-fresh-raw/ http://www.epicurious.com/archive/seasonalcooking/farmtotable/visual-guide-eggs http://www.buzzle.com/articles/duck-eggs-vs-chicken-eggs.html

Recipes
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/scrambled-egg-muffins
Pictures
http://www.epicurious.com/archive/seasonalcooking/farmtotable/visual-guide-eggs