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Do all kinds of eggs taste the same?

Asked by mazingerz88 (24465points) September 4th, 2012

I just saw a movie shot somewhere in Europe and there were fried eggs in one scene with the yolk looking more like dark orange in color rather than yellow. Made me wonder if different kinds of eggs taste differently or they all taste like chicken eggs.

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creative1's avatar

Nope I find different chickens have different colored yokes and flavor to the eggs. Fresh farms eggs taste sooooooooo good and so much better than anything you can find in a grocery store. It is also how I figured out that different chickens have different eggs because the farm I go to has different varieties of chickens there and they lay all different eggs so a dozen eggs you never know what you will get for flavors.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Color and flavor depend a little on diet too.

wundayatta's avatar

Eggs taken from the hen that morning will be orange in color, so I’m told, and will taste much better than store-bought eggs.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

US here. This is what I can tell you about eggs in England. The yolks tend to be bright orange, where the US ones are more yellow. They sell eggs on unrefrigerated shelving. They often smell fishy and taste fishy. My partner says that this comes from what the chickens are fed. Here is a link to images of UK eggs. When I cook or hard-boil US eggs, they still come out yellow and not like this.

glacial's avatar

Differences in the colour of the egg yolk can be due to what the chickens are eating (for instance, some farmers feed their chickens marigolds to make the yolk darker). Like @creative1, I also find farm fresh eggs to be tastier and also more pleasant to cook with… but I kind of think that’s mostly because I feel better about using farm fresh eggs than the regular kind. What I can say with absolute certainty is that farm fresh, organic eggs have thicker shells, which makes breaking them so much more satisfying. :)

WestRiverrat's avatar

The bird the eggs comes from also makes a difference. An Ostrich egg is not the same as an Emu or chicken egg for example.
Freshness is also a factor in the taste, fresh from the hen eggs taste much better than eggs that sit on a warehouse or store shelf for 2–3 weeks.

rooeytoo's avatar

The color of the yolk has much to do with what the chickens are fed. Generally free range chickens have eggs with harder shells, thicker whites and dark colored yokes. I think they taste much better, a fuller flavor, hard to describe though.

I buy eggs from a place where you can see the hens roaming around huge paddocks, none of this so many square inches per hen!

Happy hens lay better tasting eggs.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@WestRiverrat Have you ever seen an ostrich egg shell? They’re beautiful.

flo's avatar

I find eggs with the more orangy color taste and smell spoiled.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Yes, one of the local ranchers raises ostrich, emu and other exotics. We take the kids out to their ranch every once in a while.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@WestRiverrat Emu chicks are so cute.

Bellatrix's avatar

Wearing a raincoat and hat in case of egging but @Pied_Pfeffer, I wonder if some of the UK egg issues could be about freshness? I never had a problem peeling eggs in the UK but in Australia, I quite often have difficulty getting the shell to come away cleanly. The difficulty is caused (apparently) by the freshness of the egg. So, it suggests to me UK eggs may be less fresh. Ducks…

creative1's avatar

@Bellatrix if you boil the water in then put the eggs in once the water is boiling the shell will come off easier. I had the same problem with peeling them when I switch to farm fresh eggs.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer In Central America the eggs were unrefridgerated as well. They were a darker orange color and tasted better IMO but they didnt have any noticable odor, especially fishy or taste. Wonder what theyre feeding the chickens in the UK. (I didnt think it was possibleto feed animals worse than how we do in the US)

Sunny2's avatar

Duck eggs taste stronger than chicken eggs. And fish eggs are much more salty. Those are the only eggs other than chickens that I’ve eaten. Oh, and I have no idea where Chinese 1000 year eggs come from. They are greenish yellow and black and have an indescribable flavor.

mazingerz88's avatar

The indescribable flavor is called “yuck”. Lol. Seriously I like century eggs. : )

Sunny2's avatar

I didn’t think they were that bad, but twice was enough.

WestRiverrat's avatar

Balut is the egg I was glad I only ate one of.

mazingerz88's avatar

@WestRiverrat You’re brave dude, just brave. Slurped on that embryonic juice huh?

WestRiverrat's avatar

@mazingerz88 I had to, there were 30 marines that bet I wouldn’t do it.

mazingerz88's avatar

That would do it. Lol.

zensky's avatar

I know ostrich eggs taste nothing like chicken eggs.

ucme's avatar

Easter eggs tend to taste of chocolate, mostly.

Crumpet's avatar

I have always thought that it’s the way the eggs are cooked that impacts the taste, not the actual egg. To me, all eggs taste the same.
Chicken eggs that is.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Internet, I love you. So here is a bit more information on taste and color:

Taste Some chickens, particularly ones that lay brown eggs, have a gene that converts fatty acids into compounds that can smell or taste fishy. If these hens are fed a food, such as fish meal or anything else that increases the Omega-3 fatty acids, the more prone the eggs are to this. It doesn’t mean that they are spoiled.

Color In foods, canthaxanthin is used as food coloring and is added to animal feed to improve the color of chicken skins, egg yolks, salmon, and trout. Source

@Bellatrix I would never throw an egg at you, unless we were playing Egg Toss. The freshness of an egg does come into play on how well it peels if hard-boiled. The fresher they are, the harder it is to peel.

@uberbatman I’m fairly sure that out of all of the eggs I’ve purchased in the UK, the only ones that have the fishy factor come from our neighborhood shop. Maybe the shop owner only uses one source for eggs, and that person feeds their chickens fish meal or something else high in Omega-3. All of them though, no matter where purchased, have the bright orange yolk.

@Sunny2 What type of fish eggs have you tried? I have only had caviar, and I just assumed that the salty flavor was added. Mom used to occasionally fry Shad Roe for breakfast, but I never touched it.

Sunny2's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer I’m talking about caviar. Because of a trip to Russia, I’ve had a number of varieties. I don’t remember all the names. Red, black, grey; tiny eggs, larger ones. They have a variation of sizes, flavors and textures. The saltiness is natural and also varies from types of egg. You may like it or not. I like it with cream cheese, lemon and capers. I also like cream cheese, lemon and capers without the caviar, which is a good thing, since I can’t afford caviar.

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