The goose is getting fat at Midphase, and we are celebrating with holiday deals and contests along with counting down the days to Christmas. Join us as we put forward our own interpretation of “Six Geese a-Laying.”
When one pictures six geese actually ‘a-laying’, you might assume that they are, of course, laying eggs. In modern day this is quite unusual due to the fact that not many of us actually eat goose eggs any more; we mainly stick to chicken eggs for our omelets, sandwiches and the like.
This perplexed me: why don’t we eat goose eggs?
I had heard of the goose that laid the golden egg from Aesop’s Fable, (the tale of the couple who had a goose that laid a golden egg every day but in their greed killed the goose to find that inside the poor goose was just like any other goose, and they had destroyed their wealth with their impatience) but I had yet to hear of someone eating an actual goose egg. So I decided to find the answer to today’s question.
Why don’t we eat goose eggs?
In my search I found some interesting facts about the eggs that come from geese. If you have ever seen an ostrich egg you know that eggs can be huge. Goose eggs, of course, are smaller than ostrich eggs, and actually measure the equivalent of four regular chicken eggs.
Goose eggs are also very thick-shelled; you can’t exactly tap them on the side of a bowl to crack them. It takes a good whack and sometimes a small chisel to open them.This, while interesting, doesn’t answer my question, so I began to ask around. In my questioning I couldn’t find one person who has actually eaten a goose egg. There must be an answer!
I looked into the production and availability of goose eggs and I found that Metzer farms is one of largest hatcheries that commercially offer goose eggs. On their website metzerfarms.com they offer goose eggs that have been blown out for decorative purposes and can cost as much as $5. To request goose eggs for eating you have to contact them directly. On their website I also learned that geese only lay eggs in the spring and must be frozen for consumption later in the year.
Further investigation found that there are organic farms around the country that will let you pick your own eggs from their geese. I didn’t sign up because I have seen some aggressive geese in my days, not particularly dangerous but threatening for sure. Geese only lay a few eggs a month, so it isn’t often that you can harvest them.
In egg taste tests, the goose egg was “weird” with a “dense yolk” and also included adjectives such as “bland”, “sticky,” and “funky,” I have determined that these are most likely the reasons that have prevented goose eggs from being a nationwide success. Frankly, if it tastes bad we won’t eat it. This factor, combined with the availability and production costs, leave us without the goose egg as a breakfast selection. You could say that the case of the goose egg was cracked!
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