Are You Curious About Duck Eggs?Gina Palladino
Recently, we spoke with two Farm Store regulars who offered interesting tips and insights about how and why they use Mary’s Land duck eggs. Plus, we researched several duck eggs facts that might surprise you (in a good way)!
Our first customer shared how she and her husband scramble the duck eggs in ghee. She adds chicken eggs to her scramble to lighten the flavor (duck eggs often have a richer, earthy flavor). Her husband cooks his “straight,” as he enjoys the stronger taste. He’s observed duck eggs cook more quickly than chicken eggs and have a lighter textured white. Lastly, she’s heard they work well in baking (we’ve heard that, too).
Our second customer shared why she uses them: her family believes consuming duck eggs helps boost collagen production, particularly in facial skin. (Following our conversation, we found this supporting data: “Although eggs don’t contain connective tissues like many other animal products, egg whites do have large amounts of proline, one of the amino acids necessary for collagen production.”)
Additional verified and interesting facts about duck eggs:
- Duck eggs can be almost 50% larger than chicken eggs.
- They have a large, golden, creamy yolk, and many folks love them for their rich, extra-eggy flavor.
- The yolks develop their orange-yellow color from natural pigments called carotenoids; these antioxidants may protect cells and DNA from damage, which can lead to chronic and age-related diseases.
- The major carotenoids in egg yolks are carotene, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and lutein, and consuming them is linked to a lower risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, heart disease, and some types of cancer.
- The yolks are also rich in lecithin and choline. Choline is a vitamin-like nutrient that’s essential for mainlining the health of cell membranes, as well as your brain, neurotransmitters, and nervous system; lecithin is converted to choline in your body.
- The whites of duck and other types of eggs are well known for being rich in proteins, and researchers have also identified many compounds that have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
If you’re ready for a culinary adventure, stop by the Farm Store today for a carton of duck eggs to try in your cooking and baking.