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Quail eggs taking off

by 5m Editor
14 October 2005, at 12:00am

CANADA - Arnie and Shirley Morris know what it means to put all their eggs in one basket. What started in 1987 as a hobby with a few tiny speckled eggs carefully driven from Vancouver in an insulated box has hatched into a home-based business producing quail eggs, a specialty food item. The couple keeps 5,000 of the small exotic birds which supply 75,000 quail eggs each month to major grocery stores and Asian outlets across Western Canada. &quot;It&#39;s amazing. Arnie&#39;s uncle was raising quail in Vancouver and when he suggested we give it a try I said &#39;You&#39;re crazy. Who would buy a quail&#39;s egg?&#39; &quot; recalls Shirley. She was talking during an interview at the couple&#39;s 30-acre setup, Bry-Conn Developments, in Ardrossan, about 25 km east of Edmonton. As she soon discovered, lots of people are buying quail eggs, which are about a quarter the size of a chicken egg. They&#39;re a traditional ingredient in Chinese and Japanese cuisines where they&#39;re cooked in a variety of dishes such as soup, stews and desserts. They also pop up in sushi, a food that has become increasingly mainstream in recent years. <i>Source: Edmonton Sun</i>

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