The Incredible White Egg Yolk??

While making tuna salad for lunch today, I was surprised to find a white yolk when I cut into a hard-boiled egg. I’m not talking about a really pale yellow yolk, this was as white as the rest of the egg.

Up until now I had never seen or heard of a white egg yolk. Was it safe to eat? I wasn’t sure what to think. This particular egg came out of a package of hard-boiled peeled eggs that I purchased from my local grocery store.

I did some research on the internet and this is what I found. The color of the yolk is a result of the hens diet. More specifically the color of the yolk is due to xanthophylls, which are natural pigments found in certain plants. A diet high in corn or alfalfa is likely to produce darker yellow egg yolks. Sometimes, natural yellow and red pigments are also added to the feed to further ensure the desirable deep yellow color.

A colorless diet consisting of white cornmeal will likely result in an almost colorless yolk. I am just assuming that by colorless they mean white. Mystery solved? Not exactly.

According to this particular egg company’s website, their hens are fed a diet of corn and alfalfa, with natural yellow and red pigments added to the feed to ensure deep yellow colored yolks. So, I don’t know what happened for sure, but I did learn a little bit about how eggs are made. Anyone else come across white or colorless yolks?

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4 comments to The Incredible White Egg Yolk??

  • Katie
    When I lived in west Africa, the eggs I ate looked like this, with whiteish yolks. I had never seen it in the US. I'm guessing they were fed whiteish feed, maize or corn?
  • I was making deviled eggs yesterday and fund a white egg. It was a white as white part. I wasn't sure what to make of it ...never seen anything like it.
  • Roz
    On Friday 20th January 2017 In Newcastle NSW at a picnic, I met my first really white egg-yolk in a boiled egg.My curiosity won! I ate it! It tasted like any other egg and I am still alive! None of my friends had seen one either. Several of us are over 70years,so that it really was an unusual event. Made it a picnic to really remember

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