too beautiful to eat? no
These are quail's eggs. Until today I'd never eaten them. Until today I'd never seen them. But now I have, and I fear I may become addicted.
The farmers' market in Barryville, NY (along the Delaware River) has 4 food booths, a wood carver, Sam the Blacksmith, and $5 pony rides. In other words, it's s-m-a-l-l. But the vendors get to know you, which comes in handy when they have something special, like QUAIL'S EGGS! I was struck by their beauty as soon as I saw them; they look like jewelry or sculpture to me. But being a carnivore (with a healthy appetite) I decided to try a carton ($1.75 for 10 eggs). A quick web search told me that boiling for five minutes would give me hard boiled quail's eggs, which I added to my lunch salad. They are petite (5 quail's eggs = 1 chicken egg), and very fluffy. Seriously, the yolks taste like they're whipped...that's how light they are. They're a little harder to shell than regular eggs, but if you roll them on a cutting board, the cracked shell will peel right off.
I almost feel bad, eating something so small and pretty. Almost.