In sustainable farming its usually more feasible to rear smaller animals – in arid countries for example, farmers worsen their situation by raising cattle instead of goats. Such larger animals demand so much more water and resources, resulting in a smaller ‘feed to yield’ ratio..

arid cattle ranch
farmers in Africa persist in rearing cattle for ‘status purposes’ notwithstanding increased periods of droughts

For this reason, chickens have been the backbone of intelligent, sustainable farming – yet are being rapidly ousted by smaller, quirky competitors – meet the humble, yet great coturnix quail!

coturnix quail
yep, that would be me…


Yes.. Quail, like other birds lay eggs –
Yes.. they are edible –
YES.. they taste just like chicken eggs, only betterand its a straight face

Quail eggs trump chicken eggs with a whopping 13% protein content, (2% more than chicken eggs), contain five times more iron and potassium, three times vitamin B1, two times vitamin A & B2 and considerably more phosphorus, calcium than chicken eggs.

chicken egg quail egg
Whats more? Well, quail eggs are rich in HDL (the ‘good’ cholesterol) unlike the bad LDL counterpart, which is prevalent in chicken eggs.. Basically the nutritional value of quail eggs is quadruple that of a chicken egg with no ‘side effects’.
Other very notable qualities of quail eggs as follows:

Protection against allergies

♦ A good amount of ovomucoid protein ensures protection against allergies – in fact this protein is isolated and used in most anti-allergy drugs (trust big-pharma to tell you that). Ovomucoid proteins are also beneficial in the treatment and prevention of inflammations and allergy-causing infections such as eczema and psoriasis.

Hygienic

♦ Quail eggs are SALMONELLA FREE – this is due to the higher body temperature maintained in quail. Also, lysosome, an enzyme found in quail eggs is bactericidal – this together with the egg membrane makes quail eggs almost impervious to infections and contaminations.

Rejuvenating

♦ The title says rediscovered superfood, as quail eggs have already been highly acclaimed by Japanese healers for hundreds of years to treat metabolic conditions, ulcers, nervous disorders, impotency, high blood pressure and asthma. They are known to regenerate cells (ideal for post surgery) and remove toxins from the blood.

coturnix egg nest
The minerals, micronutrients and protein found in the tiny eggs, makes them ideal for an energized morning, helping to reduce the daily habit and dependency on caffeine and other harmful stimulants.

There are many ways to consume quail eggs, the Japanese eat them raw by whisking the fresh eggs together, (some fruit juice may be also added) this is the best way to preserve all the nutrients contained within the eggs. Otherwise they may be eaten as regular chicken eggs – scrambled, boiled, pickled, salted and so on.. Rather than cracking the egg open, it’s best to use a sharp knife to separate the shell cleanly.

Due to high amounts of vitamin A it is not recommended to exceed the consumption of ten eggs daily. Now lets have a look at some quail…

Quail on!

Picture credits:

Backyardchickens
Petitchef
Stellar gaming birds
Fauna Melitensis
Japan National Museum

An interesting study on the world unique subspecies of quail:
Maltese Rough Textured Quail found here
Leave us a post or email for further information on obtaining eggs on several subspecies of Coturnix quail.