If you haven't tried duck eggs, you're in for a treat! From a longer shelf life to more nutrition, you may have heard some good things about duck eggs.
We rounded up the ten reasons you should give duck eggs a whirl, and why we believe duck eggs are better than chicken eggs. From Easter eggs to baking tricks, if you're not using duck eggs yet, these perks might make you want to start.
1. Duck Eggs Stay Fresh Longer
Duck eggs have a thicker shell. And a thicker shell means duck eggs stay fresh longer than chicken eggs.
2. Duck Eggs Are Different
Odds are, you know chicken eggs: been there, done that. Duck eggs taste a little different. The taste of a duck egg is a bit creamier and a bit richer than a chicken egg. Some people with chicken egg allergies even find they are able to eat duck eggs.
3. Duck Eggs Are Bigger
Duck eggs are bigger than normal chicken eggs. The egg white of a duck egg contains more protein (9 grams of protein with a duck egg; 6 grams for a chicken egg), and the yolk is larger in proportion to the egg white compared to a chicken egg. The larger yolk has a higher fat content, more healthy fats and even a little more cholesterol.
While on the subject of size, if you are curious about other types of eggs, quail eggs are tiny, about half the size of a chicken egg, and goose eggs are enormous, about twice the size of a duck egg.
4. More Healthy Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Duck Eggs
Omega-3's contribute to heart health and may reduce inflammation. Some researchers believe inflammation may contribute to heart disease and cancer.
5. More Vitamin D in Duck Eggs
Duck eggs oftentimes have more Vitamin D, particularly if they are pasture-raised. Vitamin D supports bone health and skin, as well as mood. Ducks who roam around outside (also known as pasture-raised) are far more likely to have higher levels of vitamin D from sunlight.
6. More Essential Vitamins and Minerals
Duck eggs may be higher in essential vitamins and minerals like thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin B12, and retinol.
Of course, the egg yolk quality and nutrition depend on what the duck eats. Ideally, ducks have access to the outside to eat plants and bugs, just like chickens, and their eggs will reflect this.
7. Ducks Are Efficient Egg Layers
Free-range ducks are more efficient at laying eggs. If you have a laying flock, ducks might be easier on your wallet when compared to chickens. The layer feed needed to produce a duck egg is lower than the amount of feed to produce a chicken egg, and ducks tend to lay throughout the year whereas chickens tend to slow down in winter or during molts.
8. Ducks Are Easier to Raise Than Chickens
You may not realize it, but ducks can be so much easier to raise than chickens. Ducks are generally hardier, healthier, don't scratch up the landscaping, and their manure needs less aging than chicken manure before you apply to your garden.
They do need a source of water to swim in (a big tub or kiddie pool), and they are a little messier than chickens. I'm quite tempted to raise ducks.
9. Duck Eggs Are a Baker's Secret Ingredient
Do you bake? Duck egg whites will give you fluffier cakes, taller meringue peaks, and lighter cookies. The secret is in the higher protein content of duck egg whites than in chicken egg whites, which makes them easier to cook with.
10. Duck Eggs Are Tough and Beautiful
Duck eggs are beautiful, durable, and range in colors from white eggs to green eggs to gray eggs, depending on the breed. The large and strong shell also makes for excellent Easter egg decorating.
So there you have it, ten reasons why we believe duck eggs are better than chicken eggs.
If you're interested in trying fresh duck eggs for yourself, your best bet is to find them at a farmer's market, a specialty grocery store like Whole Foods, or an Asian market. They are little more expensive than chicken eggs, but well worth the cost!
Have you ever tried duck eggs? What do you think? Tell us in the comments below!
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