Fun Facts

  • Todays hens are like olympic athletes, laying as many as 300 eggs in their lifetime, compared to just 30 years ago when egg-laying capacity was 250.
  • An uncooked egg contains about 70 calories and a cooked egg contains about 77 calories.
  • During the ancient times Chinese stored eggs up to several years by immersing them in a variety of imaginative mixtures such as salt and wet clay; cooked rice, salt and lime; or salt and wood ashes mixed with a tea infusion. Preserved in this fashion, eggs show similar characteristics to fresh eggs as well as exhibiting greenish-gray yolks and albumen resembling brown jelly.
  • China produces the most eggs, at about 160 billion per year.
  • The color of the eggshell is not related to quality, nutrients, flavor, or cooking characteristics.
  • Prior to invention of refrigerators, homesteaders and farmers dipped eggs in paraffin wax to preserve them over the winter.
  • Most eggs are laid between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
  • A hen requires 24 to 26 hours to produce an egg. After the egg is laid, the hen starts all over again about 30 minutes later.
  • It is believed that an egg will stand on its end during the spring (vernal) equinox (about March 21), one of the two times of the year when the sun crosses the equator and day to night are of equal length. Don’t forget to try this next time. But depending on the shape of the egg, you may be able to stand it on its end on other days of the year.
  • An egg won’t break if you try to squeeze it length wise.
  • An egg shell has about 17,000 pores over its surface.
  • Eggs contain all essential proteins, minerals and vitamins.
  • A whole egg is about 3 tablespoons in volume: 1 tablespoon of yolk and 2 tablespoon of egg white.
  • The color of an egg’s yolk depends upon plant pigments in the hens’ feed.
  • In order to enhance the yolk color marigold petals or paprika can be added to the feed.
  • Egg yolks are one of few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D.
  • An uncooked egg contains about 70 calories and a cooked egg contains about 77 calories.
  • Eggs contain all essential proteins, minerals and vitamins.
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