Monday, September 7, 2009
when i was young and still living at home, my mom bought eggs from a local farm. they were always brown eggs which to me have the most wonderfully rich color and texture. i admit that for years i haven't even thought about buying brown eggs even though they are available in the produce section of our grocery. last weekend hubby asked why would someone buy brown eggs. he was holding a carton of cage free grade a brown eggs from vegetarian fed hens. i said they taste better, gently took them from his hands and put them in our cart. i'm sure they were more expensive but i didn't want to compare the difference in cost. i wanted the experience of holding those brown eggs in the palm of my hand, closing my eyes and imagining i was back home again in the kitchen with mom. i wanted to be stepping out of the old tan chevy and onto the back porch at blanche fuson's house to pick up the cartons of eggs. often they were still warm from when she pulled them out from under the hens. yes, they were that fresh.
this morning, cracking open that first large brown egg for an omelet i thought yes, you can go back in time. maybe only in your mind's eye and your heart and your romanticized memory but it can be done. and, it is a journey i cherish.
and, yes, the brown eggs DO taste better.
p.s. brandi asked why are some eggs white and some brown. here you go, btrandi: White eggs come from white chickens and brown eggs come from brown-ish chickens. Most of the eggs in your supermarket come from the following breeds of chickens: the White Leghorn, the Rhode Island Red, the New Hampshire, and the Plymouth Rock.
White Leghorn chickens are white and lay white eggs. Rhode Island Red, New Hampshire and Plymouth Rock chickens are all reddish brown and lay brown or brown-speckled eggs.
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Posted by julie king at 9:54 AM