With the help of an omelette maker, you can experiment with a variety of egg recipes, as well as a variety of eggs, from quail eggs to Ostrich eggs. Eggs, in general, are known for their benefits and also for their delicious taste, but each type of egg has its particular characteristics and a slightly different taste. You may be pleasantly surprised when you try a new type of egg.
Ostrich eggs are famous first of all for their size since they are the largest eggs in the world, which come from the largest bird there is. They also have a multitude of health benefits and are recommended for their high percentage of valuable nutrients. Learn more about the properties of Ostrich eggs, what they taste like, and the best ways to cook and serve them.
How Ostrich eggs are obtained
Ostriches are, by far, some of the most impressive birds in the world. First of all, they are known as the largest birds in the world, with a male Ostrich weighing around 220 pounds/100 kg, at a 7.87-foot/2.4-meter height. Also, they seem to resemble camels a lot, not only due to similar features such as large size and big eyes but mainly because they are also able to adapt to dry climates and deserts.
Like many other wild species, Ostriches’ geographic range was initially large and gradually became smaller. In the twentieth century, wild ostriches could only be found in Africa. However, by that time, Ostrich farming had already begun, and Ostrich farms were developed on several continents. Ostrich farming is directly linked to the growing use of Ostrich eggs.
South Africa is where the first Ostrich farm was established in 1860. At the beginning of the twentieth century, there were Ostrich farms not only in South Africa but also in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Also, while these farms were initially established only for collecting Ostrich feathers, farmers gradually began to use Ostriches for meat and eggs.
An Ostrich female can produce more than eighty eggs in one breeding season. The eggs are laid in sequences throughout the breeding season. The farmer decides how many eggs to remove. The remaining eggs will be incubated by both the Ostrich female and the Ostrich male. Ostrich eggs are about 7.8 in/18 cm long, 5.5 in/14 cm wide, and can reach almost 4.4 lbs/2 kg.
In the United States, Ostrich eggs are available in various grocery stores, when they are in season. They can also be purchased from Ostrich farms, directly or online. The price of Ostrich eggs usually varies depending on their size. The bigger the egg, the more it will cost. The largest Ostrich eggs can cost more than one hundred dollars.
Characteristics of Ostrich eggs and nutritional values
Ostrich eggs have a round shape and cream color. The largest ones can have a length of over 7.8 inches/20 centimeters. The total weight of a regular Ostrich egg equals that of approximately 20 chicken eggs. The actual content of an Ostrich egg equals that of about 20 or more chicken eggs, depending on their size.
The yolk looks similar to chicken egg yolks, and its yellow color varies according to what the bird has been fed. If you also see fragments of egg white mixed with the yolk, this is normal for Ostrich eggs. An average Ostrich egg has around 2000 calories, and it contains 47% protein and 45% fat. This makes it a very good source of fat and protein and also a highly nutritious food.
Ostrich eggs also have a significant amount of fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. They contain all essential amino acids and are also an important source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which is why they are a great nutritional choice for athletes. Plus, they are rich in several of the B vitamins, which are essential for the nervous system.
Other vitamins that can be found in Ostrich eggs are vitamin A, D, E, and K, all of which are important for healthy skin and bones. Phosphorus and potassium are also important minerals that we can get from Ostrich eggs. On the other hand, keep in mind that, just like other eggs, Ostrich eggs are also rich in saturated fats and cholesterol, which should be consumed moderately.
Ostrich eggs are good for maintaining the health of our brain and nervous system. The high percentage of fat is an excellent food for the brain cells. The external protective layer of nerve cells contains cholesterol and vitamin B12. That is why introducing Ostrich eggs in our diet can help us preserve brain functions and also keep the entire nervous system in good shape.
Ostrich eggs are also good for a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight. They are rich in fats, as well as proteins. This means that they are very satiating while also providing healthy nutrients. By including them in a balanced diet, we can enjoy their benefits without gaining any excess weight.
Ostrich eggs are also useful in pregnancy because they can contribute to the healthy development of the fetus. All the vitamins and essential fatty acids that can be found in Ostrich eggs play an important part in preventing serious brain or spine problems in newborn babies.
Compared to chicken eggs, Ostrich eggs have more calories and more Omega-3 fatty acids, which means they are more nutritious. On the other hand, they could contain less vitamin A and E than chicken eggs. The nutritional composition of Ostrich eggs also depends on their diet, which should be as close to natural as possible.
How to cook an Ostrich egg
Generally speaking, Ostrich eggs can be cooked in any way you would cook chicken eggs. Their main particularity is the size and volume. Always keep in mind that one Ostrich egg is the equivalent of approximately 24 chicken eggs, so make sure to adjust the cooking time, the tools you use, and the servings accordingly.
Another particularity is the shell, which is a lot thicker than regular eggshells. You cannot crack the shell of an Ostrich egg without the help of some kind of tool. You can use a kitchen hammer, or you can just cut the top off with a serrated knife. An Ostrich egg can be boiled, scrambled, or fried.
Ostrich eggs taste similarly to chicken eggs, but they still have a particular taste, just like any other egg variety. Some people find them fattier and buttery when it comes to taste. Others find them very similar to chicken eggs, especially when boiled. It depends on personal preference. However, even if you could find it a bit different at first, it’s just a matter of getting used to a new taste.
Cooked Ostrich eggs also have a slightly different texture. The scrambled Ostrich egg has a gelatinous aspect, and you can see bits of translucent egg white. Cooking an Ostrich egg also takes more time because of its size and because you need to crack the hard shell first. One medium Ostrich egg means ten or more servings, so keep that in mind when you plan to cook it.
To cook an Ostrich egg omelet, you have to crack the top with a hammer, then cut through the membrane with a knife because it is quite thick. Next, pour the content into a bowl and beat it, then pour it into the pan. Make sure the bowl and the pan are big enough.
To boil an Ostrich egg, make sure you have enough time, because it takes no less than 30 minutes and up to a couple of hours, depending on the size. Also keep some extra water at hand, because water might evaporate during cooking. Don’t open it as soon as it is boiled; it’s best to let it sit for an hour. After that, it’s easier to crack the shell, and you can use a spoon.
To fry an Ostrich egg, first make sure you have a pan that is wide and deep enough. Cracking the egg will be a bit more difficult since you wouldn’t want to break the yolk. Try to gently crack the top with a knife, then lift the top of the egg, and slowly pour the content in the pan. You might not get it right the first time you try since it can be tricky to handle such a large egg.