Have you ever tried the baby of the egg family, the Pullett Egg? find out more about it here ...

I was shopping at one of my favourite local Farm shops this weekend, Battlefield 1403 Farm Shop, and I was so excited to see local, free range Pullett eggs on sale (£2 for a tray of 24, absolute bargain!). I thought I'd share some information on them so you can see what you've been missing out on!

Love him or hate him, Jamie Oliver can sure get foods back on the Cool List when he puts his mind to it. Along with his co-presenter and farmer Jimmy Doherty on their Channel 4 programme, ‘Friday Night Feast', they brought Pullett Eggs back into the public eye. 

For me, it was a first, I'd never heard of them I'm ashamed to say, that classic of if you don't see them in the supermarket when you're growing up, you don't know they exist.


What are Pullett Eggs?

Pullett eggs are eggs laid by hens less than one year old.  They are noticeably smaller than ‘normal' eggs (about 60% of the size of a large egg) but that just because the hens are getting used to laying them.

According to the Channel 4 programme, up to a billion of these eggs are “knocked back” each year by UK supermarkets for being too small, because most consumers only want medium and large eggs.

“It's unthinkable that every day in the UK more than 1.5 million small eggs are thrown on the scrapheap or sold for peanuts to be turned into liquid egg,” says Jimmy Doherty in the programme.


What are they like to eat?

Proper tasty!! They are really rich and delicious. You can use them for all sorts of cooking – mine have been fried, scrambled, poached and made into an omelette so far. 

They have a larger yolk vs. egg white ratio (which totally works from a Paleo point of view, even more nutrition density, WIN!) and hold together well when cooked, making them ideal for poaching.

They are also cute as a button to look at and the yolk is so orange and vibrant, you know it's fresh and full of the good stuff!



What are the health benefits?

Based on an average small egg (38g):

Fat

4g

Of which saturates1g
Cholesterol 161mg
Sodium53mg
Carbohydrates0g
Protein5g

The original no-carb option eh! Remember, the cholesterol is GOOD not BAD: it doesn't generally raise the 'bad' cholesterol in your blood, only the 'good' cholesterol - there's a great article here from Authority Nutrition on how many eggs you should eat (it's more than you might think). Other health benefits from the eggs (especially the yolks) include:

1. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper.

2. Egg yolks are the source of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and lecithin

3. High in Lutein and Zeaxanthine, antioxidants that reduce your risk of eye diseases

4. Very high in Choline, a brain nutrient that over 90% of people are lacking in

5. High in quality animal protein, which as a complete protein has all the essential amino acids your body needs.


Where can I buy them?

Head straight to your local Farm Shop, at this time of year they should have them (and if they don't, ask why to create the demand).