Thursday, October 11, 2012

31 for 21: Quail Eggs

Quail, the new thing here on the ranch! I thought I'd do a post on quail eggs today.

First, quail are easy and hardy birds to raise. Depending on the breed, they have an incubation of 18 to 25 days. They are very fast-growing and lay 6-8 weeks after hatching, while they eat a small amount.

Although quail eggs are about 1/4 the size or so of a chicken egg, 1 quail egg has 3 to 4 times the vitamins and nutrients than 1 chicken egg does. Quail eggs have 13% protein compared to 11% in chicken eggs. Quail eggs contain close to 3x the amount of vitamin B1 than that in chicken eggs, 5x as much iron and potassium and 2x as much A and B2 vitamins!

Quail eggs have been known not to cause allergies, but to the contrary, they help fight allergy symptoms (due to the ovomucoid protein they contain).

These small eggs are a natural combatant to stomach ulcers. They strengthen the immune system, stabilize the nervous system, promote memory health and help with anemia. Quail eggs can help prevent and remove kidney, liver and gallbladder stones.

Okay, quail eggs are for you. Now, how to eat them? We put them raw in milkshakes! Raw quail egg consumption provides stronger health benefits than cooked eggs. But what about salmonella? You don't have to worry about salmonella with quail eggs, because quail are resistant to infection due to their increased lysozyme.

So, just wash them and throw 'em in your shakes! (Well, crack them into your shakes. But, if you accidentally throw a whole one in like my sister did, you should be fine :) ). But does it make the shake taste bad? Absolutely not! Little brother, O, claims it does make it gross, but if we don't tell him he wouldn't even know.

And, there are other ways to eat them. I actually threw one in peanut butter cookie bars yesterday.

~ Hanunyah

31 for 21 is a blog challenge to raise Down Syndrome awareness 1 blog at a time. The challenge is to blog everyday the whole month of October (31 days) to raise awareness for Down Syndrome (aka Trisomy 21). This is the 6th Annual 31 for 21 Challenge.



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