Quail eggs are adorably tiny, which makes them a perfect choice for making Easter themed decorations. If you’re the dextrous kind and into arts and crafts, and are up for making an egg-shaped zoo filled with koalas, rabbits, chickens, pigs, lions, bears, deer, and dogs then this tutorial video is a must-watch!
However, if you’re like me and are of the opinion that after all what makes quail eggs so exotic-looking is the surreal design of their shells, you might be disappointed that making the zoo animals involves trashing the eggs’ most iconic feature. Alternatively then, and with the creative spotlight dead center focusing on the dinosaur-like shells themselves, consider making your own quail-egg-decorated easter tree!
Regardless of which project you’ll venture to tackle, you’ll likely end up eating quail eggs. Which health-wise is great! Because although quail eggs (their insides that is) look and taste relatively similar to chicken eggs, they in fact contain a little more protein, are high in HDL (good, blood-balancing) cholesterol, are richer in phosphorus and calcium, have three times the amount of vitamin B, five times as much iron and potassium, and their ovomucoid protein helps protect against allergies.
Quail eggs might be smaller in size though visibly they are, in certain aspects, five times more impactful than the much more ubiquitous chicken eggs. Their high iron and potassium level is especially advantageous. Notably, proper levels of iron in your body help you stay attentive and high-spirited, as iron within your red blood cells is responsible for delivering oxygen to organs like your brain. On the other hand, potassium is very important in terms of maintaining the working of your heart; responsible for the intercommunication between cells in your body, potassium effectively enables contraction and relaxation, thus low levels of this mineral can cause irregular heartbeat as well as muscle cramping and weakness.
Given such quantifiable evidence about quail eggs’ many health-related benefits it’s unsurprising to learn that these Lilliputian powerhouses have been prevalent within ancient Chinese and Egyptian medicine practices. Used for millennia as a curative food, they have at times been prescribed for treating maladies like asthma, hay fever, as well as various skin disorders. In modern days, quail eggs are a common ingredient among certain facial and hair products — their nutrient-rich yolk, when combined with olive oil and fresh lemon juice, is able to give your face a natural brightening uplift!
As to their flavor profile, they are noticeably creamier than chicken eggs — in coffee terms, think cortado. No wonder that in many parts of the world they are considered a delicacy. In places like Colombia and Venezuela hard-boiled quail eggs commonly appear on tops of hod dogs or are nested within hamburgers. They are also popular denizens of Japanese bento lunch boxes. However, their favor really is region specific, in Vietnam for instance, you can buy a bag of boiled quail eggs at street stalls for pennies on the dollar — as cheap as chips, these guys are marketed as an inexpensive beer snack.
Have you ever tried quail eggs before?