Only an egg

Ellison, your go-to guy for non-generic food suggestions, looks into ostrich eggs:

Looking at the weight and volume of its contents, one ostrich egg is roughly equivalent to two dozen chicken eggs. That’s enough to make a great big honkin’ omelette, but if you buy an ostrich egg at Whole Foods, you’re paying about ten times the price of the same amount of garden-variety cacklefruit. Now, I can appreciate the novelty value of eating certain things (raw whale, anyone?), but that’s a lot of money for an egg … even if it came from a cage-free ostrich raised in an environment absent hormones or antibiotics, massaged daily with Japanese beer. Perhaps it is a reflection of the difficulty of harvesting the eggs: taking them away from a resentful mother ostrich capable of disemboweling a man with a single kick.

Not to mention the relatively low appeal to locavores — unless, of course, you’re reading this from the banks of the Zambezi.


  1. fillyjonk »

    25 June 2013 · 10:47 am

    Locavory might be more local than you think. I’ve been told – though never verified – that when the emu market “crashed” some folks in the eastern part of the state, who realized they’d never see the expected return on their investment, just released the beasts into the wild, and there are supposedly wild roaming bands of emu out there.

    Emu eggs are practically ostrich eggs, aren’t they?

    (That said: I’ve been warned that duck eggs taste “weird” to people who usually eat chicken eggs, so I’m guessing an ostrich egg would taste really alien. And therefore, I probably wouldn’t like it.)

  2. McGehee »

    25 June 2013 · 12:12 pm

    There’s an ostrich farm in Arizona run by a guy who claims to be descended from “the real” Rooster Cogburn.

  3. CGHill »

    25 June 2013 · 12:20 pm

    There are still working emu ranches, though surely some birds made it out of captivity.

  4. tioedong »

    25 June 2013 · 5:59 pm

    Ostrich meat is also good to eat.

    And unlike chickens, Ostriches make excellent “watch dogs”. Believe me, you don’t want to be kicked by one…

  5. jsallison »

    25 June 2013 · 8:21 pm

    Outlaws’ neighbor in Stephens county had some emu, they sold out and turned em loose. Had spaghetti w/emu at Giuseppe’s in Marlow coupla years ago, not bad but would probably like it better mixed with other meats, texture was *different*.

    Wonder if anyone’s likely to start raising wildebeest in these parts, climate not far removed from their home turf. I guess being migratory would be an issue.

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