Happy World Egg Day!

Crack a smile, because today honors a very special foodstuff.

Today marks World Egg Day, a time to celebrate the ubiquitous food. Celebrated the second Friday of October since 1996, the event is hailed worldwide as a time to take a step back and just appreciate the egg, according to the World Egg Day website.

So sizzle up your Friday with these fast facts about eggs:

  • Europe has the highest egg consumption per capita annually at 12.7 kg per year.  However, Mexico has the highest egg consumption per capita of any country at 420 eggs per year
  • About half the eggs produced globally are white. The other half are brown.
  • An egg shell has anywhere from 7,000 to 17,000 pores on its surface that exchange moisture and carbon dioxide.
  • The easiest way to tell if an egg is hard-boiled or raw is to spin it. If it wobbles, it’s raw. If it spins like a champ, it’s hard-boiled.
  • Eggs like it cold! They age more in one day at room temperature than an entire week chilling in the fridge.
  • Humans have been using eggs for a long time. Egyptian and Chinese records indicate humans have been getting eggs from fowl since 1400 B.C.
  • The prevailing thought is Columbus brought the first type of chickens related to modern day hens to the U.S. on his second voyage in 1493.
  • There are almost 200 different types of chickens globally. However, most eggs come from one type – Gallus domesticas.
  • The U.S. produces about 75 billion eggs a year (roughly 10 percent of the global supply).
  • A hen needs 24 to 26 hours to produce an egg.

Sources: The Poultry Site, World Egg Day site, NPR, International Egg Commission, IncredibleEgg.org

 

Eggs-cellent links

History of egg production – IncredibleEgg.com

World Egg Day site

World Egg Day celebrated today – The Poultry Site

The world egg industry: A few facts and figures – International Egg Commission

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