What to Do With an Emu Egg

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Photos by Laine Doss
Sure, they're pretty. But what do you do with them?
There they were at the Grove Green Market. Even on a table filled with hot-pink dragon fruit and spotted beans, they catch the eye of everyone who passes by. Maybe it's because they look so surreal.

Green from a distance, the objects are speckled with blue hues upon closer inspection. These emerald giants barely fit into the palm of your hand and look more like props from a Harry Potter movie, where a farmer would sell dragon or griffin eggs at the local market. But these are real and of our world. They're emu eggs.

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Though popular in Australia, emu eggs are a rare sight in Miami. But they shouldn't be.

Nick Bernal of Seasons Farm Fresh gets them from a local farmer who raises the giant birds (which can grow taller than six feet), and offers them at the Grove Green Market, held each Thursday afternoon.

The eggs are expensive ($15 apiece), but for good reason. Each yields about two cups of liquid goodness -- eight to ten times that of a chicken egg. They also have less saturated fat but a higher yolk concentration than a chicken egg, which makes them taste richer.

Emus are also less proficient layers than their smaller barnyard cousins, with each bird laying only one egg every three to four days.

I purchased an "emu fruit" and immediately had no idea what to do with it, although Bernal said to use it like an extremely large standard egg from a megachicken. He also suggested drilling a hole in the shell, instead of cracking it, to save it afterward.

A text to a chef friend (who shall remain nameless) proved fruitless. Usually pretty good with kitchen tips, he replied, "Ouch. No idea." I was on my own.

Location Info


Grove Green Market

3496 Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL

Category: General

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