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Where can I find Gulls Eggs?

annalou Aug 5, 2007 10:27 PM

I have an old recipe book that calls for using 'gulls eggs'. Is there any source for these in the SF Bay area, and what are they? (Seagulls eggs???) Thanks all in advance!

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  1. Ruth Lafler Aug 6, 2007 09:05 AM

    Yes, that would be "sea"gulls (my bird-nerd friends will tell you there's no such thing as a "seagull"). I don't think the eggs are commercially available. Gull eggs were used in the Gold Rush days only because hens' eggs weren't available -- there were more gulls than chickens in the Bay Area. A couple of species of seabirds on the Farallons were virtually wiped out because of the demand for eggs. I think the only way to get gull eggs is to go out and raid the nests yourself, which I don't recommend (gulls being large birds with nasty tempers).

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      annalou Aug 6, 2007 07:40 PM

      Thanks Ruth! I'm sure not going to go after the eggs myself! Guess I'll have to give up on the authenticity of this one.

    2. dhoffman1421 Aug 6, 2007 10:15 AM

      Given what they eat I would advise using chicken eggs instead.

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      1. re: dhoffman1421
        annalou Aug 6, 2007 07:41 PM

        Thanks D -- whew.. yes. probably still traces of DDT for all we know.

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        adrienne156 Aug 10, 2007 08:03 PM

        I have to ask... What were you trying to make???

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        1. re: adrienne156
          annalou Aug 14, 2007 09:56 PM

          Simply hard boiled gull's eggs with celery salt - a recipe from an Irish Cookbook. Needless to say I gave that idea up!

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          mimiponpon Aug 10, 2007 08:50 PM

          under a gull. Ha! sorry ..I had to say that.

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            frenetic Oct 8, 2007 09:36 AM

            Hi there annalou,

            I was just in a 99 Ranch the other day (one in Southern California, the Anaheim branch) and they had seagulls eggs (but were salted) in the egg section. Probably call ahead and see if the nearest 99 Ranch Market has them next to you.

            Hope this helps,

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