Our good neighbor, Sam, delivered a dozen fresh duck eggs yesterday. I’ve been asking for these for a few weeks now. Almost every time Laura and I walk up the road, somehow the conversation turns to eggs. Sam’s family has twenty six chickens and they’re getting almost a dozen eggs a day. They’ve also got seven ducks. Well, six ducks and a huge gander. You remember the story about the gander, right?
Anyway, even though the ducks only lay about two eggs a day, Sam was able to gather a cool dozen and then brought them down to me. Apparently, I’m the only person this side of Maine who likes duck eggs. Every other person I’ve asked has told me they’re too rich. They don’t like them and they prefer chicken eggs instead. I’m fine with this. I happen to really enjoy the duck eggs and if I can keep things the way they are, I’ll be the one Sam brings his eggs to, not some other guy down the road.
I guess the first question that pops into someone’s head who has never tried duck eggs, is, “What’s the difference between duck eggs and chicken eggs?” Well, like I just mentioned, duck eggs are a lot richer. They taste like chicken eggs used to taste when you were a kid. Before they somehow turned watery in the supermarket. They’re also fattier. Their yolk is huge when compared to chicken eggs. They have more vitamins and nutrients and their physical size is much larger than their chicken counterpart.
Unfortunately, we already ate all the eggs and when I told Sam they were all gone, he replied that the ducks weren’t laying like they were. I think it’ll be slow coming. We did get some nice photos of the eggs before we ate them though. Laura held a magical photo shoot of the eggs in one of her homemade bowls and I took some comparison pictures of the eggs cracked in a bowl.
These are Laura’s photos:
And these are mine:
Take a look at how much larger the duck egg yolks are than the chicken egg yolks. Now, to be fair, these are store bought chicken eggs, but they are extra large. I bet farm fresh chicken egg yolks would be smaller, but more deeply yellow.