The duck egg is on the left, the chicken egg on the right
Duck eggs are more expensive (usually double chicken eggs) which has to do with ducks’ egg laying habits. A duck’s output is less than a chicken’s; they lay maybe every other day unlike a chicken which will lay eggs daily. This makes the eggs more expensive with regard to the cost/egg for a duck versus a chicken. Ducks also will bury their eggs making it more like a scavenger hunt to find them at times than the straight forward task of gathering chicken eggs from a coop. When the ducks at Cure Organic Farm moved from sharing ample dry land quarters with the farm chickens to a spot I refer to as ‘the resort’ (a great pond with adjoining shelter) the availability of eggs dropped significantly as many of the duck eggs were ending up on the bottom of the pond.
The ducks at Cure Organic Farm are varied in species, all producing slightly different color eggs. Their diet is rich in organic matter which undoubtedly improves the quality and taste of the eggs. CSA member often spare their fresh, organic carrot tops for the delight of listening to the chattering ducks flock to devour them.
At any time of year I appreciate some quick meal ideas but especially still suffering the summer heat, a Frittata is a favorite of mine. It’s quick and simple as well as offers unlimited options to dress it up or pair it with delicious seasonal toppings. I’ve used both duck and chicken eggs in the following frittata but you can certainly use chicken eggs solely if that is what is available to you.
Frittata after 5 minutes cooking
As mentioned before the combinations for this dish are endless. You can put different herbs in the frittata. Mexican toppings would be great (Gallo Pinto, salsa, a tomato based sauce). Other sautéed seasonal vegetables. It’s like a polenta in its flexibility and can’t be beat for a fast delicious meal.
I also noted a national supply available to ship online at extremely high cost. I suggest asking local farmers, at your local Farmer’s Market, doing a Google search. I find my relentless pursuit when I want to find such a thing always surfaces a surprising source! Please post in the comments below if you have leads to share with other readers too!