This year marks the 21st annual observance of World Egg Day. On October 14, people around the world will be celebrating the incredible egg with festivals, cook-offs, omelette-making competitions, and more. (Take note that “Omelet King” Howard Helmer, a longtime spokesperson for the American Egg Board, holds three Guinness World Records for being the fastest omelette-maker in the world, having once turned out 427 two-egg omelettes in 30 minutes.
World Egg Day was established in 1996 as a unique opportunity to help raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of eggs — though one could definitely argue that eggs don’t need any help in that direction: The American Egg Board reports that hens in the U.S. lay more than 233 million eggs a day and that the average American eats approximately 265.8 eggs each year.
The egg is one of the most widely used and versatile ingredients out there, and eggs are often called the perfect food: everything contained inside that delicate shell can grow and sustain life and egg protein has just the right mix of essential amino acids needed by humans to build tissues. In fact, it is second only to mother’s milk in terms of its value to human nutrition.
Eggs are universal, of course. Virtually every cuisine has found ways to use them creatively and deliciously. In honor of World Egg Day, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most iconic egg dishes served around the world.