National Egg Day
National Egg Day is a holiday that falls on June 3rd annually and it is a day in which people can celebrate one of the most humble breakfast foods available—the egg. Eggs are a rich source of protein, only have five grams of fat, and have a measly 75 calories. That makes them a good food for everybody from people watching their weight to athletes and everyone in between. So it’s on this day that we pay homage to this popular breakfast food item.
The History Of National Egg Day
At this point, we’re unsure whether National Egg Day was invented by The American Egg Board or by someone who is merely a fan of this food item. What we do know is that this holiday is a good excuse to enjoy an egg for breakfast, lunch, or any other time of the day.
Fun Facts About Eggs
Now that we’ve discussed National Egg Day and when to celebrate it, it’s time to learn a few other fun facts about eggs. Although most people give them little thought, eggs are actually one of the most fascinating foods around. Don’t believe us? Well, give us a few moments to change your mind with the following facts.
- Ounce per ounce, eggs are one of the most protein-dense foods available.
- Brown eggs cost more than white eggs because the hens that lay them are bigger and cost more to feed.
- Older chickens lay eggs with thinner shells than younger chickens do.
- Free-range chickens lay eggs with richer-colored yolks.
- Free-range chicken eggs not only have a darker yolk, but they’re more nutritious than eggs from caged chickens.
- Both egg yolks and egg whites have the same amount of protein, They each contain 3-grams.
Eggs Are Sorted By Container Not By Egg
One of the main misconceptions that people have about egg sizes is that each egg in a particular dozen is the same size. This means that many people think that when they buy a dozen large eggs that each of the individual eggs are large. That’s not necessarily the case, however. Because of the inevitable difference between egg sizes, the USDA sorts eggs by weight per dozen. Each dozen eggs that are sold have to have a particular weight according to whether they’re small, medium, large, extra-large, or jumbo. Below is a list of the weight of each of the egg sizes required by law.
Dozen Weights Per Egg Size:
- Small Eggs: 18-ounces per dozen.
- Medium Eggs: 21-ounces per dozen.
- Large Eggs: 24-ounces per dozen.
- Extra-Large Eggs: 27-ounces per dozen.
- Jumbo Eggs: 30-ounces per dozen.
How To Celebrate National Egg Day
Since we’ve learned quite a bit about eggs, it’s time to celebrate June 3rd as National Egg Day. And that’s something that everyone can do. This day can be celebrated by enjoying one of the many ways that eggs can be served, by trying different types of eggs such as goose or quail eggs, or by using the hashtag #NationalEggDay on your social media accounts. No matter how the day is celebrated, however, it’s sure to be a day full of fun.