World Egg Day is held annually on the second Friday of October, on October 14 this year, and it is a time to cherish and celebrate the versatile, affordable, delicious, and nutritious food item that provides sustainable nutrition to help feed the world. Can you believe that eggs contain over 15 kinds of vitamins and minerals? They can be fried, boiled, or even eaten raw, singly, or as part of a meal.
History of World Egg Day
Although we have no definitive answer to the question of “Which came first? The chicken or the egg?” we know that the history of eggs is almost as old as that of humans. From ancient times, humans nurtured chickens to obtain eggs.
For centuries, eggs have played a major role in feeding families all over the world. They are one of nature’s highest quality sources of protein, perfectly packaged for versatility and affordability. The protein contained within them is essential in the development of the brain and muscles, play a key role in disease prevention, and contribute to general well-being.
Eggs are rich sources of selenium; vitamin A, D, K, B6, and B12; and minerals such as zinc, iron, and copper. They are particularly known to be a source of choline, which helps in brain development and sharpens memory.
The history of the egg expands far beyond mere culinary concern and, in fact, has had great importance in multiple cultures for reasons both decorative and religious, with a particularly popular example being Easter eggs.
World Egg Day was established in 1996, at the IEC conference in Vienna to celebrate and appreciate the importance and benefit of eggs to us all. Since then, the day of celebration has grown and evolved.
World Egg Day timeline
Chickens are brought into Sumer and Egypt to be reared for their eggs and meat.
The egg carton is invented by Joseph Coyle in Smithers, British Columbia.
The International Egg Commission is formed to globally represent egg producers and promote egg consumption as part of a balanced diet.
The largest omelet in the world at the time, with a 128.5 m2 area, is made with 160,000 eggs in Yokohama, Japan.
World Egg Day FAQs
Is it okay to eat eggs every day?
Eating up to three whole eggs per day is completely safe for healthy people.
Do eggs need to be refrigerated?
In the U.S., fresh, commercially produced eggs need to be refrigerated to minimize the risk of food contamination. However, in many European countries and around the world, it is perfectly okay to keep eggs at room temperature.
Can eggs make you fat?
No, not necessarily. Eggs are low in calories, with one large egg containing only about 74 calories — and you need many calories to add significant weight.
Are brown eggs better than white eggs?
There is no nutritional difference between brown and white eggs. Nutritional content is however influenced by the hen’s diet and environment.
How To Celebrate World Egg Day
Share your favorite recipe
Go on and share some of the most interesting ways of turning a raw egg into a delicious meal that you know, with others. They might also have new recipes to share with you.
Attempt to break a world record
The largest omelette, the longest time balancing eggs on a spoon, the fastest time peeling off several eggshells, and more. Choose whichever suits you and go on to break that record!
Enjoy a meal including Eggs
Savor all the goodness of the egg by preparing and eating a delicious meal with it. You can wash it down with a glass of wine or any preferred drink.
5 Facts About Omelets That Will Egg-cite You
It was first made in Persia
The earliest omelets are believed to have originated in ancient Persia.
Loved by an Emperor
Napoleon Bonaparte feasted on an omelet prepared by a local innkeeper, while he and his army were traveling through southern France.
The Chinese modified it
Egg foo yung, a Cantonese omelet made with beaten eggs and usually ham, is popularly eaten by the Chinese.
India also has their version
Indians make Egg Appam — an omelet made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk, with an egg broken into the batter as it cooks.
It is globally available
With the popularity of the egg itself, omelets can be found in any part of the world.
Why We Love World Egg Day
Eggs offer so many nutrients at a very affordable price
With over 10 nutrients and minerals in eggs, and their low cost, they are indeed a blessing to mankind. We are thankful for eggs!
They are universally relatable
Everyone everywhere knows what eggs are. They could be shared at any gathering consisting of diverse people from across the world.
Eggs are very versatile and provide many jobs
Eggs can be used for various purposes ranging from leather cleaner to hair conditioner. They are thus used in many industries including pharmaceuticals and fertilizers, providing many job opportunities for people.
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