Emu Eggs

 

Fresh Eggs:

We sell our fresh eggs during the laying season, which is normally from November through March.  Each of our hens lays 1 egg every three days, on average.  The taste difference between emu eggs and chicken eggs is minimal.  Chicken eggs contain 37% saturated (bad) and 63% unsaturated (good) fats, while emu eggs contain 31% saturated and 68% unsaturated fats.  Both contain all 8 of the essential amino acids needed in human nutrition.  Chicken eggs contain about 65% white, 35% yolk.  Emu eggs contain 55% white, and 45% yolk.  The big green eggs yield about two cups of egg.  One large chicken egg is about one quarter cup.

You will probably want to blow your emu egg, as you would blow a chicken egg, rather than crack it, to save the beautiful shell.  A Dremel tool, or similar type tool, is helpful to drill blowing hole and make emptying opening in this hard shell.   

Fresh emu eggs can be refrigerated up to a month or frozen up to a year.  Eggs may be separated prior to freezing.  When freezing the yolk, or scrambled egg, add either 1/2 teaspoon of salt or 6 teaspoons of sugar per cup.  If you do not add salt or sugar, the yolk will become gelatin over time.  Date and label the container whether to use the egg for main dishes (salt) or desserts (sugar).   Scrambled eggs may be frozen in ice trays, popped out of the trays and stored in airtight containers.  Depending on cube size, one or two cubes equal one chicken egg.  

 

Eggshells:

Emu eggshells have attracted the interest of handcrafters because of the unique outer layer of dark green, which provides an interesting base color for carving or scratch art. The middle layer of the egg is a light blue. Some crafters refer to it as turquoise, in contrast to the outer layer. The inner layer is white, and artists say it is this array of natural colors that makes the emu egg extremely challenging and desirable to work with. No added color is necessary although many crafters use acrylics, oils or hot-glued items to complement its appearance. 

Growing interest in egg art has attracted artists of every description, from portrait and landscape painters, to tole artists, artists who work with beads and decoupage, and miniaturists.