Brown eggs vs. white eggs- which is better? Or does it even matter?

Have you ever wondered if there is any difference between eggs with brown shells vs. eggs with white shells?

You know that saying:  "Don't judge a book by it's cover"?  Well, don't judge an egg by the color of its shell.

Here's why: The shell color is determined by what breed of chicken laid the egg. Some chicken breeds lay brown eggs, some breeds lay white, and some, called "Easter Eggers" lay pale blue or green eggs.

 

The real test for egg quality is the color of the yolk.  A deep golden (almost orange) yolk usually indicates that the chickens forage outside and have a healthy life, which in turn means that their eggs are rich with nutrition and flavor.  Most grocery store eggs have sickly pale yellow yolks- stay away from these!

 Can you tell the difference? (Store-bought egg on the left, farm-fresh egg on the right.)

Can you tell the difference? (Store-bought egg on the left, farm-fresh egg on the right.)

 Look at the difference here! Farm-fresh egg on the left, store-bought on the right.

Look at the difference here! Farm-fresh egg on the left, store-bought on the right.

 

So while the color of the shell doesn't matter, the color of the yolk DOES.

How do you know if the eggs you're buying are high-quality?  Sorting through labels like "cage-free", "free-range", and "all-natural" is frustrating since these terms have been hijacked by marketing and no longer mean what they say.

The best way to cut through all the labeling hype is to go directly to the source and KNOW YOUR FARMER!

Stay tuned for my blog post next week in which I introduce you to one of the "keepers of the flock" who provides her locally-laid eggs to Glory Garden members!

Anna