|Green Eggs And Ham|
To be honest, I have never encountered a green ham. If I did, I wouldn't eat it, because it would probably be moldy and gross. However, I do eat green eggs at least once a week. They come from Araucana chickens, a breed from South America. While they are not quite as green as Sam-I-Am's eggs, they are just as delicious.
|Green Eggs, No Ham|
What's the difference between a green egg and a white egg? Besides color and chicken breed, nothing. They taste the same, have the same nutritional value (which I will cover in my next post), and look exactly the same inside. I prefer green eggs because they're pretty.
There are many terms in the egg world. If it doesn't say cage-free, free-range, or pastured, it's probably a conventional, factory-farmed egg. These eggs come from chickens packed into tiny cages, up to 10 at a time. They get no sunlight, no exercise, and their cramped conditions create a putrid environment. Their beaks are often removed to keep them from pecking each other since they are kept in such close quarters. If your egg carton says "cage-free," you're a bit better off. Cage-free chickens live in huge barns, cluck around, stretch their wings a little, but they don't go outside. Unfortunately, these birds might also be de-beaked, making their eggs a less than ideal choice. "Free-range" is better, but still may not be perfect. Although the idea of a free-range chicken may give you fantasies of green, rolling pastures with content chickens enjoying the warmth of the sun, this may not be the case. A free-range chicken only has to have access to the outside world, but that doesn't mean they take advantage of it. The only way to know for sure is to know and trust your farmer.
The best choice? Pastured eggs. Pastured eggs come from hens who live... in a pasture! The chickens are outside, in the fresh air, pecking and scratching in the dirt, laying eggs and being, well, chickens. They are free to run around and do whatever it is that chickens want to do. Our friends have pastured chickens. Their two-year-old likes to run around with them, and their 6-year-old has an egg-selling business. The eggs are delicious.
Remember when I said that eggs all taste the same? Well, they don't. A fresh, pastured egg will taste a billion times better than a grocery store egg. They even look different. The farm-fresh egg's yolk is orange, the white isn't runny or thin, and the shell is thick. When you crack the egg open, the yolk should be round and look something like a bright orange bouncy-ball. (However, it will not bounce. Don't try it.)
"Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Sam-I-Am!"