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Are Araucana eggs available in the Toronto area?

Flexitarian Apr 3, 2010 07:06 PM

Does anyone know if Araucana eggs, which are naturally blue-grey in colour) are available in the Toronto area? I hear that they are the best tasting of any eggs. Nota Bene uses them and buys them from a farmer but I can't find out who it is.

Nota Bene
180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

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    Nyleve Apr 4, 2010 07:51 AM

    Araucana eggs taste like eggs. Nothing more, nothing less. If the hens are truly free-ranging, with access to a varied diet that includes bugs and greens and miscellaneous whatnot, the eggs will be delicious and the yolks deep yellow. If the araucana hens have been raised as commercial battery chickens the eggs will taste just like anything you might pick up at a supermarket. I keep a very complicated flock of interracial and multicultural chickens and, trust me, you cannot tell which eggs are which in a blind taste test. They live a totally free life - they can roam literally anywhere they want (including the neighbours yard - luckily he doesn't mind) and their eggs are delicious. The secret is not in the breeding but in the keeping. Agreed, though, that the blue-green araucana eggs are shockingly pretty and make for a very interesting dozen, when I sell my extras.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Nyleve
      Kagemusha Apr 4, 2010 10:03 AM

      Farm gate is probably the only option. As Nyleve sez, any egg produced by free-range layers will be superior. Just got a dozen yesterday from friends' hens(ill-tempered Rhode Island Reds)that are food-porn pretty.

      1. re: Kagemusha
        Minister of Kebab Apr 4, 2010 11:28 AM

        It is a Hens egg, a south american rumpless hens egg. The aracuana is a basic "utility chicken" (sorry PETA)..having grown up on a farm, depending on the breeds you have and how they breed - yup....you end up sometimes with blue eggs...end of the day they are eggs...taste nothing different than a decent fresh free-range...and after easter there are specials on easter egg painting kits. My previous (and much more sarcastic) post appears to have been vaporized...however, basic point is this, if as a food producer, i can convince you that my product is rarer, more sought after, trendier and better for you ...you will pay more. This my friend is exactly what the broohaha about these eggs is about. I congratulate Nota Bene for savvy marketing.

        Nota Bene
        180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

        1. re: Minister of Kebab
          Nyleve Apr 4, 2010 12:26 PM

          I was also going to post something a bit, er, sarcastic. But thinking better of it, I realized that if you don't know much about the subject, it would be easy enough to believe ridiculous claims of alleged superior quality of araucana eggs. And yes, Minister, I also congratulate Nota Bene for this adorable example of hilarious marketing. A few years ago, there was another story going around that araucana eggs were naturally lower in cholesterol, thus creating a run on my blue-green eggs. It turned out, on further investigation, that the eggs only appeared to have lower cholesterol because, being generally smaller than the average large egg, the proportion of yolk to white was a little different - thus creating the false data.

          Nota Bene
          180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

          1. re: Nyleve
            Minister of Kebab Apr 4, 2010 12:34 PM

            Yes..the the yolk size stuff is what i think started the whole thing.

            I have a friend in new brunswick, neighbour of mine at a place we have out there who occasionally catches blue or yellow lobster...there is a market there I'm sure. I'm missing my calling.

            1. re: Nyleve
              Chester Eleganté May 10, 2010 02:46 PM

              Ya, I plucked one of them eggs at the recent David Lee lecture. It didn't taste much different from a normal fresh egg. The lecture was pretty good though...

              1. re: Chester Eleganté
                Flexitarian May 10, 2010 04:09 PM

                Funny, I heard about them at a David Lee lecture at George Brown about a month ago. Should have got one myself. He swears by them.

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