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Brown eggs, white eggs: what’s the difference?

 

HOW COME SOME EGGS are brown and some are white? Our kampong chicken eggs are almost always white while the common supermarket eggs are mostly brown although some may be white too. Do you know why?

The Difference is in the Chicken

When it comes to colour of the egg, the key lies in the breed of chicken. In general, white-feathered chickens with white earlobes lay white eggs, and reddish-brown-feathered chickens with red earlobes lay brown eggs. There are also breeds that lay less commonly-found blue eggs and speckled eggs.

Are Brown Eggs Better than White Eggs?

The colour of an egg is not an indicator of quality. When it comes to taste and nutrition, there is no difference between white and brown eggs.

Do Brown Eggs have a Harder Shell?

The shells of both colour eggs have the same thickness. If you’ve ever noticed that an eggshell seems tougher, it’s because of the age of the chicken, not the colour of the egg. Younger chickens tend to lay eggs with harder shells, while older chicken lay eggs with thinner shells. This is true of both white and brown eggs.

No difference between brown and white eggs
No nutritional difference between brown and white eggs

Why Richer Taste?

If you’ve ever eaten eggs from home-raised chickens, chances are they were brown, and you may have noticed they tasted slightly richer or had a more vibrant yolk. There’s a reason for that.

Many of the chickens commonly found in backyard coops are brown egg-producers. But it’s not the colour of the egg that accounts for the better taste. Rather, it’s the feed that was given to the chicken. Feed plays a big role in the colour of the yolk and taste of the egg.

What do you usually buy — white eggs or brown eggs?

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Story excerpted from thekitchn.com

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