The humble egg has been a staple of our diet for thousands of years. And, as British Egg Week gets cracking this week, it’s the perfect time to indulge in this versatile and nutritious food. From sandwiches to soufflés, quiches to cakes, for breakfast, lunch and dinner – eggs are the essential ingredient in countless dishes. Although hens eggs are the staple, you'll also find quail eggs on the supermarket shelf (great for canapés) as well as large duck eggs with their rich tasting, deep orange yolk. For something really extraordinary – you might be lucky enough to come across an ostrich egg. It weighs a massive 2kg, is the equivalent of 24 hen eggs, and takes two hours to hard-boil! The healthier choice Eggs can be considered a complete wonder-food. A medium-sized egg contains less than 70 calories and just 9% fat, which is found mostly in the yolk. The Department of Health also now confirms that the cholesterol eggs contain doesn’t significantly affect blood cholesterol or increase the risk of heart disease. So as long as you make eggs part of a healthy diet that is relatively low in saturated fat, the limit has now been lifted as to how many eggs you can eat a day. You can buy Free Range Eggs from us in boxes of six, so you’ll always have this essential ingredient ready to cook with. High in protein, vitamins and minerals Eggs are an important source of high quality, easily digestible protein. As we age, our muscle mass drops proportionally as body fat rises. Not having enough protein can be a contributing factor – so help keep your levels up with our satisfying All Day Breakfast which is served with a delicious cheese and tomato omelette. Eggs contain omega-3 fatty acids which, mainly in the form of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), also contribute to normal brain function and vision. Our Smoked Salmon & Pesto Quiche makes a tasty lunch that’s packed with this essential nutrient. Apart from vitamin C, eggs are a good source of all the B vitamins, as well as the fat-soluble vitamins A and D and E. Eggs contain many of the minerals the body needs, such as iron, iodine and selenium, an important antioxidant. There’s also phosphorus for healthy bones and zinc for healing wounds and fighting infection. So why not treat yourself to a hot pudding of Cherry Sponge with Custard or maybe a sweet and tangy teatime favourite – Pineapple Upside Down Pudding. For a refreshing dessert, our Lemon Meringue Pie is a tasty way to make the most of eggs. It might have been back in the 1950s when Tony Hancock and Patricia Hayes first told the nation to ‘Go to work on an egg’ in their famous TV ads. Now, whether you fancy dipping buttered soldiers into a perfectly soft yolk, or seeing what takes your fancy in our brand new winter range, you can be sure that many of our home delivered meals contain the naturally nutritious egg.