It’s one of those things i’ve been wondering for years. What’s the actual difference between brown eggs and white eggs? Is there any difference in taste that justifies the difference in price?
Here’s how it goes.
The difference is not in the egg itself, but in the chicken. Simply said, chickens with white earlobes (and usually white feathers) will lay white eggs while chickens with red earlobes (and usually red feathers) will lay brown eggs. Besides that, there is absolutely no difference in the quality of the egg; they are exactly the same. A common myth is that brown eggs have harder shells, but this is not the case. The egg’s shell hardness has to do with the age of the chicken and not with its color: younger in age chickens lay eggs with harder shells. So why do brown eggs cost twice as much? (the article continues after the ad)
Because red-lobed chickens are bigger in size, they cost more to the farmer than the white-lobed chickens, therefore the brown-egg’s production cost is higher than the white-egg’s. Higher enough to justify the difference? Not quite, but since people prefer them as they believe that brown eggs taste better, farmers continue to breed red-lobed chickens that lay brown eggs so they can charge more. The simple law of supply and demand.
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Sources: What’s The Difference Between White Eggs And Brown Eggs?