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Turkey Eggs (With Recipe!)

Easter, the day of the year that eggs get their moment in the spotlight, is coming soon. You’ll almost exclusively only see chicken eggs during this season and chances are the only eggs you’ve eaten are chicken eggs. However, there are many types of eggs around that are definitely worth a try!

One of my favorites that I got to try recently are turkey eggs! They are a bit larger, and higher in calories, fat, and cholesterol, making them slightly richer (though not really noticeable). Their true draw, however, is the beautiful speckling on the shell (seen below)! The only noticeable difference in consuming them compared to chicken eggs is the shell membrane. The membrane is quite a bit stronger than their chicken counterparts, meaning you need to be VERY careful when you crack the egg if you want to keep the yolk intact.

But why don’t we eat turkey eggs? Turkeys are pretty American (but no, Thomas Jefferson did NOT suggest that the turkey be our national symbol), so it stands to reason that we’d eat their eggs. Well, long story short, turkeys aren’t as efficient as chickens. Turkeys are larger, and therefore more expensive to feed and house. Turkeys also only lay eggs in the Spring and early Summer, usually about every other day. Chickens, on the other hand, can lay one (or more, in factory conditions) egg per day year round (though they don’t lay as often in the winter).

So where can you find turkey eggs? Well, you can start by going to farmer’s markets. If you don’t find any turkey eggs, consider asking someone selling chicken eggs about them. I have also heard that you can sporadically find them at Whole Foods (Franklin or Nashville) and Sprouts (Murfreesboro)!

What can you do with turkey eggs? Well, anything you can do with chicken eggs. I wouldn’t recommend baking with them because they are larger and could throw the moisture content off. I was only able to get my hands on two Turkey eggs, so I wanted to do something special with them. I decided that this would be the perfect time to try out the GORGEOUS Insta-food, cloud eggs. The dish is delightfully fluffy, super photogenic, and best of all: a healthy breakfast! The base recipe is fairly simple, but you can make it your own with different spices and toppings than what I used!

If you make this, let me know how it turns out! I’d love to see your versions of this delicious beauty! Send them to me on Instagram @itsmaxfromschool



I am the President of MT Lambda, the LGBT+ organization at MTSU. I study Biology and Nutrition and Food Science! I'm not a writer, but I have a lot of feelings and writing about them seems to do some good. I also love cooking, so I'm always excited to share my experiences with food!
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