For years now, I have been wanting to introduce my step-daughter to the joys of dyeing Easter eggs and somehow we just never get it together in time before she visits. Either we go away for Easter or we don't see her or...most common...I cannot find white eggs ANYWHERE in the city of Paris. Since Marianne is going to spend Easter with us again this year (she's ten now, going to have to move fast before she thinks it's too childish) I have been canvassing my French and expat friends to no end: where can I buy white eggs? Yes, eggs that are not BROWN.
I had all but given up hope, when I found in the kosher section of the Galeries Gourmandes a nice big flat of white eggs. And then I thought "Kosher Easter Eggs?" Now I know we are not talking about using the Catholic communion wafers for a bread crumb coating on your Passover gefilte fish but somehow it seemed a little...off.
And this set me wondering: what exactly makes a chicken egg kosher?
Well, it turns out that really most chicken eggs are kosher. According to the Jewish Outreach Institute, all that is required is that the egg be from a kosher bird (capon, chicken, dove, duck, geese, pigeon, and turkey) and contain no blood spots. A couple of other sites went into queasy detail about the fertilized/unfertilized state of the eggs or whether the chicken was alive when the egg was removed, but we'll assume you can work it out with common sense. 99% of the eggs you can buy in a non-kosher supermarket would appear to be kosher. (If there are any Jewish readers or experts in this area out there, please feel free to correct me or elaborate!)
As for me, I am still keeping my eyes peeled for another source of white eggs. Let me know if you have any tips!