Don't just reach for a hen's egg for your boiled egg and soldiers. Take a look at the weird and wonderful world of seasonal, heritage and rare-breed eggs.
Heritage and rare breed hens
Certain breeds of hen produce eggs with different coloured shells. Araucana hens produce eggs with blue-green coloured shells. A species called the White Star lay eggs with white shells, while breeds such as the Columbian Blacktail and Burford Brown lay rich-coloured, brown-shelled eggs. And even more colours can be achieved by crossing breeds. Cross a blue egg laying species with a brown layer and you could end up with pink-shelled eggs. Eggs from all these hens are similar in size, but some have richer yolks, and can be easily substituted for your average hen's egg in recipes.
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