Goose Eggs Vs. Chicken Eggs: Is One Better Than the Other?
The first thing you’ll notice about goose eggs compared to chicken eggs is that goose eggs are about three times larger than chicken eggs. Hold a goose egg in your hand and you’ll instantly feel that it’s heavier (5 ounces) than a chicken egg.
Crack a goose egg open and you’ll notice that its shell is harder than a chicken eggshell. This is beneficial because it means that a goose egg has a longer shelf life; it will keep for about six weeks in the refrigerator. (Don’t wash the eggs, please).
A goose eggshell is always white whereas chicken eggshells can be brown or white.
It’s what’s inside that counts….
Once it’s cracked open, you’ll see that the goose egg’s yolk is firmer than a chicken egg yolk. The goose egg has a higher yolk-to-white ratio than a chicken egg.
- It’s probably no surprise that because the goose egg is larger than the chicken egg it has more calories. An average goose egg has 266 calories versus 72 calories in the chicken egg.
- But the goose egg also has more beneficial nutrients and vitamins. Specifically, a goose egg has more of vitamins A, D, and E than a chicken egg as well as more B vitamins (panothenic acid, B-12, riboflavin, thiamin, folate, and B-6).
- A goose egg provides nine percent of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, 19 percent of vitamin A and 29 percent of iron. It offers 53.1 mg of selenium, which is about three and a half times the amount found in a chicken egg. A goose egg is also a good source of the antioxidant lutein which can help with eye and skin health.
- A goose egg provides 379 mg of choline, a nutrient grouped with the B vitamins. Choline plays an important role in the development of cells and cellular communication.
- When you think of any type of egg you probably think of cholesterol. A goose egg has more cholesterol than a chicken egg (1,227 mg. versus 186 mg., respectively). Cholesterol is actually an antioxidant with many protective roles in the body.
- A goose egg is slightly higher in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, but also higher in saturated fat than the chicken egg.
- A goose egg has 19.97 g. of protein and a chicken egg has 6.23 grams. Both types of eggs are a complete source of protein, which means that they have all the amino acids that the human body requires.
Personally, I didn’t notice a huge difference in taste between a goose egg vs. chicken egg, but some folks report that they think the goose egg is much richer.
When cooking with goose eggs the only thing that makes them different from chicken eggs is their size. A goose egg can be used in baking, but if your pancake recipe calls for two eggs then you’re going to have to try to use 2/3 of the egg, which may get tricky. I enjoyed my goose eggs scrambled.
All in all, a goose egg is an “exotic” experiment. You either love it or not. So in my humble opinion, give all types of eggs a try – only for as long as they are truly pastured and soy free – like those we offer here for our members.