The latest in food-that-tastes-like-other-food: eggs from Japan that smell and taste like yuzu, one of Japan’s most delicious citrus fruits.
The scent is all natural. At Yamasaki Farms, where the eggs were developed, the chicken feed contains yuzu peels or zest. The yuzu peel then imparts its aroma, as well as some of its flavor, to the eggs the birds produce. A pack of six goes for 494 yen (US $4.20).
RocketNews24 recently picked up a pack of yuzu tama (short for “yuzu tamago” or “yuzu eggs”), and taste tested the egg by mixing it raw with rice. This dish is called tamago-kake gohan, and it’s one of the simplest dishes in Japanese cuisine.
About the experience of cracking the egg, RocketNews24 writes,
So, what’s up with the taste? RocketNews24 Japanese language correspondent Meg says,
Meg later comments it’s “the best egg egg she’s ever eaten.” She says there’s no acidic taste to the egg, but instead, “the citrus aroma helps to draw out the egg’s inherent rich sweetness.”
Does the citrus-scented egg stand up to frying? “The yuzu tama also fry up just fine, while still retaining all of their special scent and flavor,” reports RocketNews24.
How can you get your hands on these eggs if you live in Japan?
In Tokyo, they’re available at Marugoto Kochi, a shop in the Ginza neighborhood that’s stocked with all sorts of treats from Kochi prefecture, where the eggs are produced.