By: naomi | September 15, 2017
What came first, the chicken or the quail? Huh.. What I mean is, what is the difference between a chicken egg and a quail egg? Nutritionally speaking, LOTS!
1 large chicken egg is about the size of 4 quail eggs. Gram for gram though, the quail egg is a nutritional powerhouse! The Faculty of Agro-Industry from King Mongkut's Institute of Technology published a paper in the International Journal of Scientific Research and Publications in May 2017 to back this up.
Here's some facts to chew on:
- Consuming quail eggs is an excellent way to boost the immune system, improve memory, increase brain activity, and stabilize the nervous system.
- Quail eggs are full of the essential amino acids leucine, valine, and lysine, which combined are important for blood sugar regulation, combating type 2 diabetes, muscle metabolism, repair and growth of tissue the growth and bone development in children, calcium, antibody production, and more.
- They contain alanine, a non-essential amino acids that assists in removing toxins from the liver.
- These eggs contain the fatty acid DHA, which is essential for the growth, visual, and functional development of the brain in infants, and has positive effects on diseases such as hypertension and arthritis.
- Many other fatty acids within quail eggs promote healthy skin and hair, maintain bone health, and regulate the metabolism.
- Quail eggs are high in Zinc and B12. B12 is beneficial for brain health and without Zinc, hair, nails, skin, teeth, and bones could not grow. Pretty powerful stuff, right? (Rhetorical question, don't answer that.)
- In addition to the above, because of the relative-high levels of choline in quail eggs, in addition to the significant amounts of omega fatty acids and vitamin B12, some believe that quail eggs may assist in the prevention of Alzheimer's Disease and reduction in the symptom of Alzheimer's. There is no definitive conclusion on this yet but in my opinion (as a non-scientist), things look promising.
In addition to the nutritional and size difference, in captivity they are hatched differently. If allowed to accumulate eggs in their nest, a domestic chicken's maternal instincts will kick in and they will begin to "brood", which is the act of sitting on the eggs until they hatch. Brooding has been bred out of domestic quail so although from time to time they will do it, it is pretty rare. Here at Hidden 58 Farm we incubate the quail eggs in order to assist in reproduction.
Aside from their small size yet significant nutritional advantage over chicken eggs, there really isn't much else that is different. Quail eggs taste just like free-range chicken eggs. They can be poached, scrambled, hard-boiled, and fried just like chicken eggs. In fact, just today Naomi made a jar of pickled quail eggs and I can't wait to share with you how they turned out. There is one major flaw to quail eggs that I must mention for the sake of the children.. they would be much harder to find during an Easter egg hunt so for that, stick to the chicken eggs!
We hope you found our first blog post educational and interesting. I could have gone on endlessly about the nutritional punch that quail eggs carry so If you are interested in reading the published research paper where I found much of the nutritional information, it is readily available through the google machine. Or if you like, we can email it to you instead, just ask.