Random Facts: Eggs

The average hen lays 300-325 eggs a year.

The world’s largest omelette weighed 14,225lb 6oz. It was made by a team of 55 people in Portugal in 2012 and used 145,000 eggs.

In 1474, in Switzerland, a chicken believed to be a rooster was sentenced to burn at the stake for committing the “heinous and unnatural crime of laying an egg”.

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the earliest known reference to “scrambled eggs” dates back only to 1864 but “poached eggs” was seen in 1450.

In 2013, Joey Chestnut set a world record by eating 141 hard-boiled eggs in eight minutes.

It’s better to use a not-so-fresh egg if you want to hard-boil it, because in fresh eggs, the white sticks closely to the shell, making it harder to peel.