Thursday, 31 July 2008
Nope, all natural chicken eggs at Nonzero, coloring straight from the chicken. Farmers have found how to "color" eggs by cross-breeding chicken from different parts of the world. From what this article says, some breeds of chicken in Southeast Asia produce eggs with a greenish tint and some breeds of chicken in the US and Europe produce eggs with an orangeish tint. The green tint is caused by enzyme in the chicken that makes hemoglobin change into biliverdin, which has a greenish tint. The eggs have a bigger and more orange, nutritious yolk. The omelette that made from the eggs for us was practically orange in color.
By carefully cross-breeding chicken and controlling what they eat, the farmer was able to have the chicken produce eggs of a particular color. They don't have all the colors of the spectrum yet, but once they do, maybe Taiwan will start celebrating Easter too.
At the time the article published, the most expensive of these eggs were TWD 150 (USD 4.88) for 600 grams (no idea how many eggs that is), compared to TWD 27,5 (USD0,89) for 600 grams of the regular eggs. That's almost 5,5 times more expensive! But gosh, does it feel fun to walk into Ada's and say, "can I have an Easter egg omelette?" The pleasure that comes from seeing the colorful eggs, saying the cute name and eating the orangeish egg that's on my plate makes the entire experience rather enjoyable.