October 11, 2013

World Egg Day

"Love and eggs are best when they are fresh." - Russian proverb

It's World Egg Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It occurs on the second Friday of October each year.)

Like many "international" or "world" food holidays, today is all about promoting, and educating the public on, the healthy benefits of eggs when eaten as part of a balanced diet (for example, did you know that eggs are jacked full of good proteins, vitamins B6 and B12, iron, zinc, and lutein?). The day, which recognizes the versatility, affordability, and global availability of the food, was created in 1996 by the International Egg Commission in Vienna, Austria. Today is the perfect time to learn how to use eggs in different ways, hold an egg and spoon race, or even try a variety of egg you've never dared touch before (like quail, ostrich, or even caviar).

Not much into chicken embryos? Today could even be honored by not eating eggs, and instead paying homage to the animals that lay them. After all, birds aren't the only species that does. Snakes, turtles, and fish do, too! And what about the echidna (which are seriously adorable, by the way)? According to Guinness World Records, they're considered the rarest egg laying mammal on Earth.

However you celebrate have an "eggcellent" and...

Happy World Egg Day!