There are lots of people in the world who have never tried quail eggs. You’re here, right? That makes you one of them!
You obviously haven’t tried them if you’re reading about how they taste. One of the most-asked, most-searched-for and probably most interesting questions folks ask us quail farmers is…
What do quail eggs taste like?
Well, spoiler alert! They taste like chicken eggs, but... different. Some might say more exciting. And did we mention they look cuter?
If you don’t believe us, keep reading. Or just try them. (Seriously, it’s easy, just find a local store here!)
How do people describe the taste and texture of quail eggs?
Like we said, quail eggs taste similar to chicken eggs. You may notice the italics there. It’s ‘cause they don’t really taste like them. (And yes, we’re a bit biased when it comes to the amazing qualities of quail eggs, so take this with a grain of salt… no, really, salt is a great way to top a boiled or fried quail egg!)
But they really do taste different. Most people use a range of words to describe this taste, texture and feeling, like…
Creamy or thick — Since there’s such a high yolk-to-egg-white ratio, one of the first adjectives that comes to mind when people try quail eggs for the first time is “creamy” or “thick.” If you like yolks, quail eggs are for you. And that’s no yolk! (We’ll see ourselves out now…)
Rich — Again, it’s the yolks that do it. With all that healthy fat, no wonder they taste so rich! (You don’t need to be rich to buy them, though. Suggested retail price is $3.49 for 18 eggs.)
Jammy — If you follow professional chefs on Instagram, you’ll notice they often use this term to describe a runny egg yolk. Well, it applies to quail eggs too. You know how a soft-boiled or sunny-side-up chicken egg has that delightful warm and runny yolk inside? Well, quail eggs have the same thing… there’s just more of it than egg white, and it comes in a handy bite-sized package so you don’t have yolk running all over the place!
Cute — Okay, okay, we’re just kidding on this one. They don’t “taste” cute… but come on! They look so cute! (The speckled shell really helps.)
NPR had a group of staff members blind-taste test quail, duck, goose and chicken eggs… their descriptors for quail? “Tangy,” “earthy,” “briny,” “delicate” and “grassy.”
Are all of these descriptions whetting your appetite or what?
Rich, creamy and downright delicious… but why?
That’s an easy question to answer. We take good care of our quail, and we care about stewardship.
Our quail grow in a cushy environment, where they enjoy a delicious and nutritious grain mix from local farmers, drink double-filtered water, breathe fresh air and never receive antibiotics or hormones.
As for the smelly hay everyone associates with farms? Our ladies walk on softwood chips, similar to the ones we use on our kids’ playgrounds, and have plenty of room to roam.
When it comes to waste, we’re all about reduce, reuse and recycle! We use 100% recyclable packaging and shipping materials and all of our organic waste is used as compost to grow organic vegetables at a nearby farm.
Find quail eggs at your local grocery store!
Now that you’ve read about what they taste like, the best way to really find out is to try them yourself!
No need for a wild goose chase. You can find our eggs in grocery stores throughout Canada. Just go to our store finder tool, enter your address and you’re off to the races (uh, store!)
Already have quail eggs in hand and aren’t sure how to boil, peel or crack them? Everything you need to know is here.
One last thing. We have oodles of recipes in our library just waiting to be made, all tried and tested and handcrafted just for you!