Interesting Egg Facts

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    How much do you know about the incredible, edible egg? There is a lot to know about the wonder that is an egg, both of a factual nature and that which happens to be old wives' tales. Eggs are likely the most interesting of all foods we eat, regardless of from where the stories about them may have originated. Some intriguing egg information is as follows:

    If you need to know whether an egg is raw or hard-boiled, give it a spin! Hard-boiled eggs will spin easily and fluidly whereas raw eggs will wobble due to the moving liquids inside.

    When eggs are hard-boiled, they sometimes show a green/gray coloration around the yolk. This is actually ferrous sulfide, which forms when eggs are heated, and it is harmless though unsightly. If it bothers you, boil eggs only as long as you must to harden yolks then remove them and place them in cold water. Prompt peeling will help as well.

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    Rumor has it that an egg will stand on its end when the spring equinox
    occurs and the sun crosses the equator. Eggs of just the right shape may
    be capable of this during other days as well.

    Wives' tales have implied that the shape of an egg determines the sex of the chick inside, but all these years later, scientists themselves cannot predict the sex of the bird inside so take this one with a grain of salt.

    The incubation period of an egg is 21 days.

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    Eggs are graded based on quality, freshness, and the air inside. AA eggs are less than ten days old and A eggs are 30 days old.

    The actual color of egg yolk has to do with what a chicken consumes.
    Grass and corn, for example, are rich in yellow pigment and thus
    produce a rich yellow yolk.

    Eggs with double yolks are usually the result of young hens with reproductive cycles that have not yet become in sync, allowing two yolks to merge at once. Older hens who lay large eggs may also produce double yolks.

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    Triple yolks sometimes occur as well.

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    Having egg on your face is not necessarily a bad thing after all, at least in the case of your skin. Due to its drying qualities, egg whites have been used in facials as well as in shampoo, conditioner, some soaps, and even cosmetics.

    Eggs are checked by a process called candling to confirm fertilization, to check for cracks, and to observe the air cell.

    The yolk of an egg makes up one of the largest cells in nature, with the whole yolk accounting for only one cell.

    The squiggly white portion of an egg is the albumen and it is intended to keep the yolk centered within the egg. The more obvious the albumen, the fresher the egg.

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    The freshness of an egg can be tested by placing it in a bowl or glass of water. Eggs that sink are fresher than those that float.

    Have you learned something new about an egg recently? Or do you have something to add? Let us know in the comments just how much more incredible you think an egg can be!

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