Source: husband Marcel 2013
A normal size chicken egg should be above 53 gr. (24 x 53 gr = 1272 gr or almost 1.3 kg)
The Ostrich egg, scramble. “Why” some of you might be asking? Location is the short answer. It so happens, we have an organic ostrich farm a few miles from us. We thought it would be a unique idea to try an egg. Turns out, it was.
The Struthio camelus
Ostriches, (Struthio camelus) are an interesting bird with even more interesting facts. They are the largest bird on earth, yet due to their massive size, are flightless. These birds at mature weight are between 200-300lbs, and their height can span up to 7 feet tall. They were first domesticated in this era during the early 1900 on the sub-Sahara continent. Together with the locals and the British Lords, they were fulfilling the demand of ostrich feathers during the Victorian era, a time when fashion with feathers was all the rage. The value then for ostrich feathers was that equivalent to the price of diamonds.
The ostrich is believed to have a multi-use for humans, dating back thousands of years ago. Of course, meat was the initial interest, the egg too. But, it’s been found that the ostrich egg was preserved and used for water, both storage and gathering. Due to it’s sturdy construction and large size, it holds up to 1 liter of water and can be transported quite easily for the ancient nomadic humans.
When life gives you lemons…
We were only looking for a nice hearty scramble, unaware of the history that went along with it. It’s impressive though. Such a huge, ancient flightless bird, still around after millions of years of history. Even though this species is domesticated, it’s very probable that the species has remained unchanged and pure throughout history. As it turns out, one ostrich egg is equivalent to about 10-15 chicken eggs. We recommend you drill a hole from the top to extract the yolk and keep the egg for a nice Easter decorating project. Treat the contents of the egg just as you would a normal egg. Once it’s out of the shell, whisk it together, and scramble away. The taste is very similar to the chicken. It’s a delightful alternative to the norm.
Ostrich Egg, Scrambled
- 1 ostrich egg
- 1 medium onion
- 1 cup spinach fresh, or use diced greens of choice
- 1 pinch salt and pepper
- 1 TBS butter
Get the egg drained
- Drill the egg with a clean drill bit 1/2″ in diameter on only one end.
- Start shaking the egg into a big bowl. If you want the egg yolk to be in one piece you need a 3″ diameter hole cutter kit.
- It will start to come out slowly
- all egg white removed
- now the yolk
- Now mix it all up