16 Ways People Eat Eggs Around the World

October 9 is World Egg Day, and here’s how the world does eggs
Scotch Eggs

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Scotch eggs most likely originated in London, despite their name.

Which came first, the domestication of fowl or human consumption of the egg?

Humans have been eating eggs since ancient times, although the recipes we use have surely come a long way. Some scholars think domestication of fowl began around 6,000 B.C. in China. Ancient Romans ate peafowl eggs, while pigeon eggs were popular in China; the Phoenicians had ostrich eggs, and elsewhere people have consumed the eggs of gulls, pelicans, ducks, geese, turtles, and even alligators. 

Click here for a slideshow of 16 ways eggs are prepared around the world.

Eggs are rich in protein, essential fatty acids, and minerals like zinc, iron, and copper. They are also a good source of vitamins D, B2, and B12. Eggs are also good for heart health, due to their high concentrations of betaine and choline, the latter of which is especially important during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Traditional Chinese medicine also hails eggs as good for strengthening blood and increasing energy.

In honor of World Egg Day on Friday, October 9, here’s how 16 countries around the world enjoy eggs.

Australia: Bacon, Egg, and Barbecue Roll

Australia: Bacon, Egg, and Barbecue Roll

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Australia's bacon, egg, and barbecue roll seems delicious.

Fried onions, fried egg, bacon, and barbecue sauce on a toasty roll? Sign us up. 

Austria: Eierkuchen

Austria: Eierkuchen


Austria specializes in this type of egg cake.

This Austrian egg cake’s usual recipe includes beaten eggs, breadcrumbs, green onions, and optional Cheddar cheese. 

Additional reporting by Emily Alford.