The Potency of the Egg: A Tale of Easter Renewal

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Canada goose egg?

I, unknowingly, already began my Easter egg hunt.

A wild goose chase?

Well. I didn’t intend on it.

I found a lone Canada goose egg along the pond’s edge while harvesting some plants yesterday for the apothecary. I tucked it back into the pine straw and hoped mom was coming back.

Finding this “wild egg” helped me shift my awareness to the up-coming festivities around Easter and today’s full moon. Nature says that fertility and rebirth are just around the corner.

“Easter is calculated as the Sunday that follows the first full moon after the vernal equinox. It is evidence of a concern centuries before Christ to coordinate the lunar and solar calendars.

…The dating of Easter according to both lunar and solar calendars suggests that life, like the life that is reborn in the moon and eternal in the sun, finally is one.” ~ Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That

The egg. It’s such a potent symbol and a potent food stuff. Everything that a bird being needs to become…is in that brilliant orange-yellow yolk center. While there are some people that have egg allergies (I think mainly due to grain-fed and industrially raised chickens), there are many that can enjoy the nutrient-dense egg yolks.

“In early spring, when the days are beginning to get longer and warmer, we move into the Egg Moon — also called the Seed Moon in colonial America. Eggs, like seeds, are symbolic of hope and of a future that is fertile with life. They are an ancient icon of spring, rebirth, and renewal.” ~ Jessica Prentice, Full Moon Feast

Two of my friends, that are also very involved in the Weston A Price Foundation, had babies over the past few years. Of course, I was eager to ask them what their baby’s first food was (well, outside of mother’s milk, that is). For both of them, it was a raw egg yolk. My friend in CA, it was a raw duck egg yolk that her daughter slurped down. My friend in MS, it was a raw pastured chicken egg yolk.

I was proud (smile).

It is no mystery why eggs have been revered for centuries. It is said by anthropological historians that eggs may have been one of OUR first foods (in addition to salt and water).

So, what’s in an egg yolk (excerpt from Nourished Life)?

– Fat soluble vitamins are highly concentrated in egg yolks. This is where all the valuable vitamin A, D, E and K are stored. These are the vitamins that were revered in cultures studied by Weston A. Price.

– The yolk is also where you’re going to find plenty of B vitamins (like the very crucial B6 and B12, which many people are short on), plus minerals like calcium and zinc.

– Egg yolks are rich in cholesterol. And that’s a good thing! Cholesterol is imperative for hormone and neurotransmitter production (i.e. it keeps you feeling good), and is also crucial for the production of vitamin D. Read more about cholesterol here and here. Still not convinced? Check out this book about cholesterol’s health benefits.

– Yolks contain essential fatty acids like omega-3 DHA. Egg yolks, especially those from pastured chickens, have an excellent omega 3:6 ratio, too. There’s virtually no fat in the white, however.

– Egg yolks are also a great source of lecithin, which is great for your liver, your brain and your skin. Throw out your soy lecithin (it’s basically industrial waste) and get your lecithin from eggs!

pysanka

Watercolor of pysanka designs (Ukraine)

It is also no surprise that when this time of year rolls around…eggs are decorated…hidden and discovered… Cultures all over the temperate world exhibit a distinct egg obsession.  In the Slavic countries, in particular Ukraine where I served in Peace Corps many moons ago, they delicately decorate their eggs called Pysanka.

I remember reading that, in some pagan cultures (which we can follow all of our ancestral roots to), eggs were placed and hidden in fields and gardens to encourage fertility of the land. Another window into why eggs are hidden and then found these days…

Well.  I can’t end this egg-lovin’ blog post without mentioning one of my favorite breakfasts, raw egg yolk smoothie.  I seriously had this for breakfast for almost five months straight last year.  Enjoy:

Lindsay’s Raw Egg Yolk Smoothie
2 cups raw milk kefir
1 cup frozen blueberries
2 raw pastured chicken or duck eggs
1 spoonful of local honey

Put it all in a blender.  Blend well.  Enjoy.  To be honest…I never measure out my smoothies.  I am notorious for eye-balling things in the kitchen.  So play with this until it suits your palette!

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