At Sències Can Girona we’ve got no doubts about what comes first: the chicken. Because we have 80 who live in the farmhouse and lay eggs as white as their feathers. Before, the native Catalan hens used to be white, but twenty years ago markets and shops began to sell more and more brown eggs from red-feathered hens. Today only 10% of the eggs are white, 90% are brown.
Have our customs really changed so much? From the farmers’ side it’s an economic choice, since red-feathered hens are usually more productive. In addition, defects and dirt stand out more in white eggs. From the consumers’ point of view, the false belief has spread that brown eggs are more likely to be “farmers’ eggs” and less industrial. Far from the truth, since most of these eggs come from animals that live in cages!
To know if an egg comes from a “happy hen” or not we need to pay attention at the number printed on the egg which traces the farm or “fabric” where the egg comes from. If the number starts with 0 (organic) or 1 (free-range) we know that we eat an egg from chicken living in good conditions.
Our hens are lucky, they live in a large and green garden under the shelter of a fig tree. At night we close the chicken coop, where they sleep on wooden sticks far from the ground. They just keep their bird instinct intact!
There is no rooster in our chicken coop. Even so, each hen lays about 5 eggs a week, but unfertilized as they are they can’t give life to a chick. You eat an egg which doesn’t hold the promise of a new life. Compared to a female mammal, the unfertilized egg has a certain parallelism with menstruation.
In terms of taste and nutrients, there is no difference between a fertilized and an unfertilized egg. The big difference in how an egg tastes is its freshness. Nothing better than a day’s fresh egg!
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