8DPCBYSWWNDF “Huevos de amor” means “eggs of love” in English and here in Costa Rica it is a term sometimes used to describe eggs produced in a free-range environment. The goal at Huevos de Amor San Jorge is to provide local customers with healthy fresh free-range eggs—-farm to breakfast table. Herb and Donna who run the operation have been delivering free range eggs to the local community for a while now and plan to continue as long as the demand for their healthy ‘egg-ternative’ exists.
Why free range eggs over the standard mass produced eggs?
If you have purchased eggs from a retailer recently, then you know that the most expensive eggs for sale are the ones known as “free-range”. Why should these eggs have a higher value than the average commercial eggs? Part of the reason for this higher value is because these eggs cost more money to produce; however, they are better, healthier eggs all the way around. They have a higher nutritional value and the hens themselves are healthier than the caged birds kept under artificial light and fed a steady commercial diet. True free-range chickens are those that range outdoors on pasture. Meaning they do what all chickens do naturally: eat bugs, greens, and whatever leftovers they can scrounge or scratch up. The challenge for the homesteader, however, comes in the form of keeping and managing a flock of free-range chickens in order to reap the benefit of their eggs.
The nutritional value of free-range eggs makes this challenge a worthwhile endeavor for the homesteader wanting to produce higher quality eggs for a healthier diet. Recently, Mother Earth News did an egg study comparing free-range eggs to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs. The findings showed that free-range chicken eggs produced the following results:
• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta-carotene
Besides the obvious nutritional benefits, free-range eggs simply taste better!
–Nutritional Data Sourced from Homestead.org
The Huevos De Amor operation is located near Rincon de la Vieja National Park at the base of Volcan Santa Maria. It’s They have farm fresh free-range eggs for sale and deliver to the Hermosa/Coco area once or twice per week. Check out their www.huevosdeamor.com for more information.
₡2,000 per flat of 15 or ₡4,000 per flat of 30
(Call for discount pricing on bulk orders)
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