Thursday, January 23, 2014

The ostrich is a flightless bird that lays prehistorically large edible eggs of approximately six inches in length. This makes it the largest land egg. However, if you consider the size of an ostrich egg relative to the size of the bird that produces it, ostrich eggs are the smallest. Although native to Africa the world’s largest extant bird thrives in other parts of the world too. Contrary to popular belief they don’t bury their heads in the sand.

Seasoned advice on cracking an ostrich egg

Most people associate egg consumption with chickens. Eating an ostrich egg is somewhat of a novelty, particularly for first timers and it comes with its own set of challenges. The shell is as thick as a china teacup and can withstand the weight of an adult man or more to the point the weight of a rather large adult ostrich. Breaking the shell is a mammoth task and requires some dexterous electric drilling or chiseling.

Bottomless scrambled eggs anyone?

Ostrich eggs usually weigh approximately 1.5 kilograms or the weight equivalent of about 24 chicken eggs. In fact, an ostrich egg yolk is the world’s largest cell. If you’d prefer not to battle your way through its stubbornly hard girth you might want to try boiling it. Good luck. It takes about an hour to soft boil and if you don’t like your eggs wobbly you’re in for an hour and a half. Moreover, you’ll still have to navigate your way through the shell in the end.

What an ostrich egg tastes like

The yolk is a brighter yellow than that of a chicken egg but it whips well and makes a decidedly bragwrothy fried egg. Some people say it’s delicious, those that liken it to the taste of a chicken egg anyway. Others say it has a rich, gamey taste and a slightly gritty texture. Either way, preparing a single ostrich egg means feeding a small crowd, certainly not ideal for a quick pre-work brekkie for one. The whole experience from preparation to consumption is fairly labour intensive but many of those who have attempted and mastered it say it’s worth the effort.

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