Wednesday, February 10, 2010

sakura eggs and some snow

I am amazed by the eggs in Japan.

There are the usual white ones and brown ones. And most times the yolks are bright orange and huge!

Whenever I need eggs, I go to the market and buy whatever is the cheapest.

At this particular market, their cheapest were these eggs...198 yen (about US$1.98) for 10.

I think metric system countries sell their eggs in tens, and only the US sells them by the dozen.

These were packaged in a pink plastic container and had sakura (cherry blossom) written on the outside.

In Japan, all eggs (that I've bought) are packed in plastic, not the cardboard/styrofoam containers like the US.

It is good because you can see right into the container to see if they are cracked. You can't open the container because it is sealed (so no trading off broken eggs).

My rant with the plastic egg containers is that only 1 market in my area recycles the containers. I think if you sell them, you should recycle the containers too.

Anyway, when I took a couple of these out for breakfast one morning, I was intrigued because the shells had a slightly pinkish color to them, maybe that is why they call them sakura??

I think the container says that the feed has some sugar cane and marigold extracts added to them.

It didn't affect the taste, but made for something interesting, don't you think?

Last Saturday morning we had a little snow storm. It lasted all of 5 minutes.

I know, I know, nothing like what the rest of the world is experiencing.

Even though the sun came out soon after and melted everything, it was exciting to see.

Then again in the evening, we had some more snow. This is what the garden area in front of our building looked like.

I should have gotten some shots of the cars in our area, they had quite a bit piled on their hoods.

Again, nothing like what everyone around the world is experiencing, but I enjoyed this.


Parisbreakfasts said...

WOW Valentine eggs!
Only in Japan...

Unknown said...

I have always wondered why eggs in Japan have such orange yolks, my mom keeps asking me and I don't know! haha.

The color of those egg shells is very nice. I prefer the cardboard cartons here because they are easier to recycle and if I want to see inside I just open it in the store ^^

jalna said...

Wow, you could make a 3-egg omelet with just one of your eggs. Now I'm curious . . . do big chickens lay big eggs? And what makes the color of the shell. Gotta go google that now. Hahahaha.

Admin said...

Interesting! What if they mix skittles with the feeds, will the shells have rainbow color? ^^

Alison @ Hospitality Haven said...

Canada is actually metric and we still get eggs by the dozen. :)

Hannah said...

Hmm, in Australia, which is metric, our eggs are also sold by the dozen (or half dozen). I love the idea of chickens eating marigolds though!

KirkK said...

Hi Kat - Another friend of mine told me about how good the eggs were in Japan. Those eggs look pretty large.

K and S said...

Thanks PB :)

I think it may be the feed Sarah, but I'm not sure.

When you find out Jalna, tell me :)

Ha ha, you are funny Mikuru :)

Wow, only in Japan then Alison & Hannah.

They are good Kirk, there are a lot of people who like to eat them raw over hot rice or with sukiyaki, but I still like mine cooked.

Take care everyone!

Anonymous said...

Fresh powder and pink eggs! Only in Japan!

K and S said...

Thanks Momiji :)

Take care.

Lyvvie said...

Either those eggs are HUGE or you have tiny hands.

Australia is completely metric, but still sells eggs by the dozen or half dozen. Scotland sold eggs in both 6/10/12 pack cartons.

Dustings of snow are great because they make everything pretty but don't make it too messy.

Deb in Hawaii said...

The egg shells are so pretty!

Rowena said...

I hope you get enough snow to go snowshoeing! From one island gal to another, THAT is a video that I'd like to see.

K and S said...

I actually have rather large hands Lyvvie :)

I know I know Debinhawaii. Though I'm envious of those bluish colored egg shells I've seen on some blogs :)

Ha, I don't think we'll ever have THAT much snow Rowena, though with the way the environment is these days, you just never know...

Take care everyone.

Anonymous said...

very interesting about the eggs.

lol! i wish the snowstorm we had here yesterday would only last 5 minutes. ;-)


K and S said...

I'm sure all of America did too Paz :)

Take care.

tigr3blanco said...

Actually, I am pretty sure that they are just as big and as orange as in Mexico.

We still have plenty of snow on the ground! \o/

We didn't get those bad storms here, in Colorado, which is weird, people always think we get more snow than we actually do.

I am drooling over the dessert posts :D.

K and S said...

Thank you tigr3blanco, stay safe and warm! it is weird that you don't get more snow :)

Take care.