By Catherine Witherspoon SYRACUSE, N.Y. NCC News — It’s not very often an egg is celebrated, but on June 3, National Egg Day, the egg is king.
This day was originally declared by Emperor Claudius Nero Germanius as the “Holy Roman Day of Eggs.” During the beginning of the millennium, chickens and eggs were very popular in Rome. After a three-year reduction, because of the poultry pandemic in Europe, eggs were appreciated on this day as a staple food in Rome.
This year’s National Egg Day coincides with an egg shortage caused by the avian flu. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture three deadly strains of the flu have affected more than 43 million birds in 15 states since mid-December.
The effects of the egg epidemic hasn’t made it’s way to the Central New York area. A USDA market news report shows that prices are steady on all sizes of shell eggs in the state of New York. As of Friday, the average wholesale price of a dozen large eggs in the Midwest was $2.62 compared to $2.51 in New York.
According to the The American Egg Board, eggs are a vital source of protein and Vitamin D and has a host of health benefits. One egg has 13 essential vitamins and minerals in varying amounts, high-quality protein and antioxidants, for only 70 calories.
“I just bought two dozen,” said Kristen Kratzert, a gynecologist in Syracuse. “I usually buy a couple dozen at a time to have them on hand.”
The egg is recognized as one of the foods consumed by people all over the world, regardless of their religious beliefs or economic status.
“We need eggs,” Kratzert said. “Usually whatever Mother Nature gave us, it’s usually good for us.”