The Most Unusual and Weirdest Eggs

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Mermaid’s Purse

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Oops… I know what you’re thinking… you’ll probably say… how in the world can you say that this is an egg? Believe it or not it’s an egg. This weird and uniquely shaped egg case is called ‘Mermaid’s Purse which belongs to a Skate.

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This freak-looking egg case, which is also called mermaid’s purses or devil’s purses, is the egg capsule of a Lesser Spotted Dogfish. Other marine animals that have egg cases like this are skates, rays and sharks.

Egg Abnormalities

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Some chicken eggs are absolutely unique. The above photo of a hardboiled egg shows having double-yolk. Occurrences of double-yolked eggs are very rare.

On the other hand, if there are double-yoked eggs, there are also chicken that produce an egg with no yolk at all

Easter Egg

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Yes, you are right…these are eggs, decorated eggs called Easter Eggs. These are specially given to celebrate the Easter Holiday or springtime. This egg is a symbol of the rebirth of the earth in Pagan celebrations of spring and was adopted by early Christians as a symbol of the rebirth.

Pysanka

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These are the Ukrainian version of Easter eggs called pysanka. In decorating these Easter eggs, they used wax-resist method or more popularly known worldwide as ‘batik’.

Caviar

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Sturgeon eggs or roe are the most expensive eggs in the world. It is called Caviar or black caviar which is a luxury food delicacy. The price of this delicacy ranges from €6,000 up to €12,000 per kilo. Now, will you pay for this very small amount of food for thousand dollars???

Roe

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This is a Salmon Roe. Roe or hard roe is a favorite seafood which can be used both as a cooked ingredient in many dishes and as a raw ingredient.

Salmon Roe

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Salmon roe is called ikura in Japanese. The above photo is a salmon roe on a sushi roll.

Balut

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A balut is a favorite food among Filipinos and other Southeast Asians. This unusual food is a fertilized duck egg with a nearly-developed embryo inside. It is boiled and eaten in the shell and is popularly believed to be a good aphrodisiac. It is high in protein and is commonly available among street vendors anywhere else in the\e entire Philippine archipelago.

Tea Egg

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If Southeast Asians have a ‘balut’, the Chinese have what is called Tea Egg. This is also commonly sold by street vendors in Chinese communities all over the world. It may look peculiar but a Tea Egg is simply a hard-boiled egg that has been further stewed in a salted tea liquid.

Century Egg

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Another unusual egg food from the Chinese is the Century Egg. It is a Chinese cuisine ingredient made by preserving duck, quail or chicken egg in a mixture of salt, clay, lime, ash and rice hull for several weeks to several months, depending on the method of processing. This is also known as preserved egg, hundred-year egg, thousand-year egg, and thousand-year-old egg.

Salted Duck Egg

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Another one from the Chinese is the Salted Duck Egg. It is a preserved food product made by soaking duck eggs in brine or packing each egg in damp salted charcoal. The egg white has a sharp, salty taste. The orange red yolk is rich, fatty, and less salty. In the Philippines, it is known as ‘itlog na maalat’ (salted egg) or ‘itlog na pula’ (red egg).

Soy Egg

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Still, from the Chinese, is the Soy Egg. It is a type of egg cooked in soy sauce, water, sugar and other spices. These favorite Chinese snack are sometimes used as a condiment in congee. They may also be used in a traditional Chinese egg dish, in which regular eggs, century eggs and soy eggs are steamed together.

Pickled Egg

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I never have thought that eggs can also be pickled. A Pickled Egg is a hard-boiled egg which has been preserved by pickling. In a solution of salt, vinegar, spices and seasonings, hard boiled eggs after the shell is removed, are submerged to it for a day to several months.

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Faberge Egg

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Unlike the rest of the eggs on the list, a Faberge egg can not be eaten. It is any one of the thousands of jeweled eggs created by the House of Faberge from the year 1885 up to 1917.

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