Ostrich Eggs and Other Exotica Hit the Supermarkets
Photo: B. Alter
Ostrich eggs, giant satsumos, yellow raspberries and $300 potatoes: are we bored yet? All kinds of exotic foods are hitting the supermarkets this summer.
Let's start with the ostrich eggs: they are big and expensive and it takes an hour to boil them. Make them for egg salad sandwiches--be the envy of your co-workers.
The eggs are laid by South African black ostriches on a farm in Lincolnshire. They lay one egg every two days, but only in warm weather. So March to September is peak time for this delicacy.
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One egg weighs 3 1/2 pounds and can create an omelette big enough to feed 15 adults.
They have been a big hit: sales are up 16% this summer at Waitrose supermarket. So now the supermarket is onto a good thing and is selling duck, quail, pheasant and rhea (related to the ostrich) and turkey eggs as well.
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If luxury potatoes at bargain prices are more your thing, then how about La Bonnotte. Originally the world's most expensive potato, selling for £400 a kilo in the UK and $300 a pound in the USA, they are now being grown in Jersey instead of France at the friendly price of £2.65 a kilo.
Curious? Here's how they taste, according to a senior potato buyer : "They have a unique and complex taste that is simply out of this world - as seaweed is added to the soil to enrich their production there is a distinct hint of sea saltiness as well as lemon and an earthy nuttiness."
Giant satsumos have also hit. Instead of your normal, puny ones, these weigh in at 12 oz. and are about 6 times the size. And their allure: 'The Satsumo has all the characteristics of a Satsuma but is the size of a small grapefruit - it is easy to peel, deliciously sweet but bigger and better.'
And yellow raspberries: supposedly they have a sweeter taste than the red ones, but they sure look insipid.