The Own Chicken Eggs
Not sure what I did different and wrong this month, but I am broke two days before new money. Anyway, I couldn’t care less, my mother has a garden with cool things, including chickens. I wrote about it, the production of eggs was not good at the beginning, of course the chickens were stressed because of the new home. It seems they do produce more and more eggs now, especially eggs in common size and not tiny eggs as they did before.
As I am somewhat broke two days before new money, my mother had enough eggs to give me some, and I still had potatoes at home. What do you do with potatoes and eggs? You make Bratkartoffeln und Ei, or in english Fried Potatoes With Eggs. This is one of my favorite dishes anyway, it doesn’t only taste good, it does make you full. That is something cool about the garden and the chickens, it’s the first time I did eat our own eggs, tasty!
First thing I noticed, the yolk of our own eggs is yellow-orange. In Germany we call egg yolk “Eigelb”, there are to words that make the word “Ei” and “gelb”, that means “Egg” and “yellow”, similar to English it does also just mean “the yellow of the egg”. But here comes the thing, I always wondered why it’s called yellow if the yolk of German eggs is rather orange, I guess the answer is that German industry eggs have dark orange yolk, our own eggs from the garden look pretty different.
Asking Google, I found out that you can draw a conclusion about the chicken’s nutrition with the colour of the yolk. The more carotenoid the chickens ingest, the stronger the colouring of the yolk, you find carotenoid in fruits and vegetables. I found out yellow yolk is prefered by the US consumers, and orange yolk by the European consumers. So, as with almost any product, the industry does mix lots dye stuffs into the chicken’s nutrition to get the desired colours in the yolk, to fake your product, that’s what I have read today. In the case of our German industry eggs, its super dark orange, you probably need a lot of carotenoid to achieve that look.
So, the conclusion here is, if you find an egg with natural yellow yolk in Germany, it’s most likely a real bio-food egg, if its dark orange, it’s most likely an egg from a distressed chicken of these horrible German mass production facilities where chickens have not much more room for movement than the own body size, a chicken that is fed with a massive amount of carotenoid, to make me (in my case) the European consumer “happy” about the deep orange colour of the yolk.