Farm fresh eggs definitely taste better than their regular, store bought counterparts. Right? Well, it depends on who you ask. The Washington Post chronicled one writer’s quest to determine the taste differences between varying types of eggs, and what she found may surprise you. No disparity was detectable amongst the 4 samples. Yet, there are still reasons why farm fresh eggs are legitimately more appealing to some. Read on to learn more about farm fresh eggs.
Appearance. One glance and a person can usually decipher which eggs are farm fresh and which are not. Farm fresh eggs tend to have a more richly colored yolk than store bought eggs. Why does this matter? In the aforementioned Washington Post article, Auburn University poultry scientist, Pat Curtis, states that “If people can see the difference in the eggs, they also find flavor differences, but if they have no visual cues, they don’t.” Translate: if the egg looks more appealing, you’ll likely find it more satisfying taste-wise.
Nutrition. A 2007 article from Mother Earth News outlines a study they conducted which found that farm fresh eggs may contain 1/3 less cholesterol, ¼ less saturated fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids, 3 times more vitamin E, and 7 times more beta carotene. Read more about the details of the study here.
Farm Conditions & Diet. If you are at all concerned with the lifestyle of the chicken from which your eggs come, you’ll likely be more satisfied with the living conditions of the farm fresh egg producing chickens. Generally, the chickens living on small farms are housed comfortably in a coup or may even be permitted to roam freely. If they are free range, they will likely have access not only to chicken feed, but also bugs and anything else that they may want to eat. If you’re interested, ask the farmer directly about the chicken’s living conditions and diet.
While the taste differences amongst eggs are nonexistent, there are reasons to consider purchasing farm fresh eggs.