I had seen ostrich eggs from books and TV but had never seen and felt a real one before until recently, at age 43! When the girls' grand aunt showed me an ostrich egg that she bought recently from an ostrich farm, I was awestruck. The ostrich egg looks like a ball and the shell is very hard and plasticky, as if it had been coated with a layer of paint or shellac...
The seller drilled a hole on the tip of the egg and sealed it with masking tape, so that pouring out the egg for cooking is made easier.
It would require about 60 - 90 minutes in order to hard-boil one of these monstrous eggs, which weighs about 3 pounds (1.4kg) each. At 2,000 plus calories per egg, it takes about 15 peckish adults to finish 1 ostrich egg. And you'll probably need a chisel or electric drill to break the shell too as it is very hard!
Ostrich eggs are proved to be a healthier alternative to chicken eggs. When cooked, these eggs are fluffy in texture and mildly sweet in flavour. Besides their common use in decorations and other artistic creativities, they make for some excellent baking items like pastries and egg dishes.
Health benefits of ostrich eggs:
1) Ostrich eggs are much lower in cholesterol than chicken eggs, and a little lower in saturated fat, making them a healthier choice
2) Ostrich eggs serve to be a much better heart protector with raised amount of omega-3-fats.
3) These eggs are rich in magnesium and iron.
4) Despite being the largest edible egg (one ostrich egg is equivalent to approximately 24 chicken eggs!), you get only 1/6th the times of calories than chicken eggs.
5) The best part is that you get enough fiber as an added bonus.