The Difference of Pullet Eggs

The Difference of Pullet Eggs

Every spring, farmers collect small eggs from the nests of pullets, or young hens. Due to their size (and outstanding flavor!), pullet eggs often only make it to the farmhouse kitchen – until now!

For the first time, Eataly NYC Flatiron is receiving a daily selection of these "farmer's eggs," a true springtime treasure. Because these are among the first eggs ever laid by the young hens, typically less than one year old, they contain the vital essences of the chicken, stored up for her entire life. No subsequent eggs will taste the same.

Our chefs could not be happier: they say that the pullet variety is the tastiest, truest expression of an egg. What they lack in size is made up for in rich, savory flavor. Like their larger cousins, pullet eggs are perfect for baking, deviling, or simply frying (over easy on asparagus? Yes, please).

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Many grocery stores don't carry pullet eggs, as egg production has become so industrialized and impersonal. At Eataly, we source our eggs, pullet and otherwise, from Arcadian Pastures, a family-run farm in upstate New York. There, in open pastures, the heritage-breed hens wander freely as their ancestors did 100 years ago.

“Our philosophy is a simple one,” said the farmers, Debra and Laurent Danthine. “We believe that by giving the animals we raise the best possible life, stress-free and without the use of hormones, sub-therapeutic levels of antibiotics, or exposing them to pesticides, the nutritional value of the eggs that they produce is of the highest possible quality.”

We agree, which is why we love Arcadian Pastures’ pullet eggs! Since the young hens start laying in the spring, pullet eggs are only available for a few months each year. Stop by our market to pick and pack your own farm-fresh pullet eggs in our provided containers, and discover the difference! (Pullet eggs are available for $0.35 each, $2.10 for half a dozen, and $4.20 for a dozen.)

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Happy picking!