Have you ever tried Quail eggs? This miniature eggs are truly natures gift, loaded with healthy nutrients and well appreciated for its dietry qualities. Our Ancestors knew back then its benefits and used the eggs to fight and prevent numerous allergies, illnesses and health conditions. Not only the eggs but the Quail meat is utilized and relished till today in many places of the world. In this post I am going to bring you closer to the quail eggs and give you reason to savor this so called precious “gems” more often in the future.
Many times in the past I had described quail eggs to my husband who is a dietry freak. Back then I didn’t know the English word for the birds eggs and when we visited our parents in Austria last year, we hadn’t come across any. So…I had forgotten about them, till last Friday. I accidentally/ luckily came across them in the little supermarket of my neighbourhood. They were cheap, I guess so, 60 INR for a dozen (~1€), so I bought a bag full to try them out and to check the quality. You should have seen me, I was so excited, those eggs made my day, I swear! lol I showed them our maids who hadn’t seen those before, they weren’t that motivated. They are following the quote, “What the farmer doesn’t know, he wont eat.” Well, they are the ones missing out, not me. =)
Quail eggs have a destinctive looks, the ~10g light gnom Eggs are covered with dark freckled spots. and have a thick shell/skin. No egg ever looks the same, nature inc has provided for the birds survival with special camouflage. The birds are monogamus, sticking to their partner most of their live and nest on the grounds. There are many types and species of this wonderous little bird in the world.
Quail eggs are packed with Proteins, minerals and Vitamins and their nutritional value is compared to chicken eggs 3-4 times higher. Especially the amount of Vitamin B1 is around 50% Percent higher then in common Chicken Eggs. In addition, they provide 5 times more Iron and Potassium. According to modern research, quail eggs don’t cause allergical reactions and diathesis, furthermore even fight allergy symptoms. It is to be noted too that they contain no “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and a copious amount of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which makes them a great dietry food to be added to your weekly meal plan.
Already tausend of years ago the Egyptians rejoiced on the eggs, they were known back then as a delicates. The bird was given special status and valued so much that the ancient Egyptians dedicated this midget bird an alphabetic hieroglyph, the W and U . In Asia, a Japanese emperor was ailing with tuberculosis and found relief eating the birds meat. This led to a domestic meat and egg production in Japan. The Mystic nun Hildegrad von Bingen knew back in the medieval times that the eggs could help in strengthening the human organism. Jane Seymour, the 3rd Tudor wife of the English king Henry VII, was craving quail meat and eggs in her pregnancy. Unfortunately that didn’t save her from Childbirth death.
Till today the small birds meat and eggs are considered in alternative medicine, an Immunsystem strengthener. Regular consumption helps to fight many disease such as Stomach ulcers, gastritis, tuberculosis, asthma, diabetes and Anemia. Quail eggs treat and eliminate in addition kidney, gallbladder and liver stones. Children consuming quail eggs regularly are less prone to infectious diseases. Mothers and pregnant women should consider adding Quail bird products to their daily diet. In men, the eggs provide the prostate gland with phosphorus, Vitamins and Proteins that can be a powerful stimulant for sexual potency.
You can use Quail eggs the same way you use Chicken eggs. 1 Chicken Egg is equal to ~4-5 Quail eggs. They taste a bit stronger too compared to chicken eggs. I like to prepare omlett, but it can be a bit annoying, since you need at least 15 Eggs for a proper sized Omlett. Otherwise, they look cute too and are delicious as part of a salad. Different countries in the world prepare this egg in their traditional ways. While it is considered highclass food in most parts of the world, it is sold as part of fast food in the south american streets. I made a quick easy to prepare salad of my quail eggs, which I feel is a nice introduction meal for those who havent had the chance to try this tasty alternative Egg.
Little quail egg Salad – Serves 1
9 Quail Eggs
5 big lettuce leaves
5 cocktail Tomatoes (I used small normal tomatoes, had no other choice)
half small Cucumber
1 Tsp Dijon Mustard (the grainy one if available)
1 Tsp Vinegar
1 Tbs Oil
Add little water to a pot and add the eggs, keep on low flame and boil for 5 mins till hard. Rinse the lettuce,drain well, shredd it and rinse all other Veggis. Peele the Cucumber and cut into thin slices. Cut the Tomatoe in quarter wedges and chopp the spring onions.
To peel the eggs keep them under cold water. I usualy keep a small bowl at the side where I dip the half peeled egg in. That reduces the time and difficulty. The skin is the tough part, once you catch it right, it all goes off smoothly.
For the marination mix all ingredients with a fork together and whisk it well before pouring it all over the salad.