Eggs with Colored Shells

by Christina on July 12, 2012

A Sexy Mother Foodie would never directly point out the color of her egg shells. That would seem irrelevant. Self-indulgent. After all, wouldn’t a rose of any other color smell just as sweet?

Actually, the answer is no. At least, not exactly.

Sexy Mother Foodies seek out farm-fresh eggs for myriad reasons, and some of them are totally legit. The truth is that what’s in those yolks really are different, and I have proof.

I used neither app nor instagram in presenting these two eggs side-by-side. I won’t bother telling you which is farm fresh from Saturday, and which I bought from the supermarket just this morning.

In Italian, the word for yolk is rosso (red), and this image makes the etymology clear.

What does this have to do with the shells? Maybe nothing. After all, the reason why SMF egg yolks are bright orange and yours are yellow is thanks to the hens’ diet of scraps, grubs, and whatever else tickles their waddle while scratching around the farm. Different hens lay different egg colors, but there isn’t exactly a discernible difference in taste between these blue, tawny, or cream-shelled varieties.

I buy my eggs from a French beekeeper, and she just happens to keep a variety of heirloom breeds that lay petite, intensely hued eggs.

Somehow, even the pleasure of cracking their colors open makes everything taste even better.

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Lisa D (This Little Piggy) August 15, 2012 at 1:27 am

I know those eggs – the good, deep colored ones! Don’t give away our supplier information as I will have to start getting up early to get to the market before they sell out.

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