Monday, March 5, 2012

$20 Emu Eggs Fly off Shelves at Farmers Markets

$20 Emu Eggs Fly off Shelves at Farmers Markets

UNION SQUARE — For Lower East Side artist Gianberto Vann, the ostrich egg — a behemoth work of nature weighing up to three pounds — has long inspired some of his most adventurous dinner parties.

That was until this past Monday, when Vann, 81, bought his first emu egg. 

Dark green and black on the outside, and creamy on the inside, the egg first caught his eye as it glinted in the sunlight at the Roaming Acres Farm stand in the Union Square Market. Ever the adventurous cook, Vann couldn't help but buy the six-inch, nearly two-pound egg which he planned to serve scrambled with shrimp and bacon alongside his duck breast entree.

"This I haven't tried," Vann, 81, said, cradling the egg with one hand, debating how to explain his choice to his dinner party of eight. "It's very interesting. I'm going to tell them it came from a very extraordinary duck."

Vann hasn't been alone in his quest to try the highly sought after, and very expensive, emu egg, according to Roaming Acres Farm salesman Lou Braxton.

Despite their $20 price tags, emu eggs have soared in popularity in the past year as both amateur and professional chefs seek the next big thing to spice up their kitchens with the exotic and colorful novelty.

"There's definitely been a surge in emu egg purchases

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