A quick scan of egg options available at a leading U.K. supermarket revealed 25 choices, including rare breed, organic, free range, extra small and extra large.
But there was nothing quite like the latest offering from Yamasaki Farms in Japan, which is selling yuzut eggs, or eggs that smell and taste like the yuzu citrus fruit.
Yamasaki Farms is located in the southwest of the Japanese island of Shikoku, which is also home to extensive yuzu orchards. The fruit, a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, is popular in Japanese cuisine and has an intensely floral aroma and a taste that is similar to orange blossom water with a sharp grapefruit note.
The eggs come from hens fed a diet of yuzu peel, kale, sesame seeds and corn. Yamasaki says: “Greatly reducing the distinctive fishy smell in eggs, we have succeeded in clothing them in a refreshing citrus scent. They taste sweet and full bodied, and the smell stirs the appetite.”
The eggs can be served in any way, although the farm recommends eating them in a tamgo-kake gohan, a cooked rice and raw egg dish.
‘I’ve never had an egg like this before’
They were recently put to the test by a reporter at RocketNews24 who said that the aroma was detectable upon opening the box, but in all other respects, the eggs appeared normal.
On tasting the eggs in the recommended rice dish, she said: “When you chew, there’s this invigorating wave of yuzu aroma coupled with a refreshing citrus taste that spreads through your mouth. I’ve never had an egg like this before.”
But the eggs do not have to be eaten raw for their qualities to be appreciated; yuzu eggs can also be fried without losing any of their natural fruit aroma or taste.
Retailing at US$4.20 per half-dozen, the eggs are not cheap and I can’t quite see them having global appeal, but the idea is interesting.
Might not bacon-flavored eggs be a good shortcut for those who like a cooked breakfast in the morning, but never quite seem to have the time? Could chocolate-flavored eggs be appealing with Easter approaching?
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