December 28, 2011 07:47
The average Korean consumed 283 eggs last year, the world's 10th largest amount, according to data from the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The number includes those used as ingredients or food making as well.
In a survey of 1,020 people released on Wednesday by the Korean Egg Board, 33 percent of respondents ate one to three eggs a week, and 32 percent consumed four to six.
According to the promotional organization, 65 percent of those surveyed consumed one to six eggs a week, followed by seven to nine (14 percent), 10 to 13 eggs (11 percent) and 14 or more (9 percent). Some 1 percent ate no eggs at all.
But Koreans did not greatly vary the way they cooked them. Some 58 percent of respondents liked fried eggs best, while 22 percent preferred them steamed. Some 6 percent used eggs on toast or sandwiches and the same percentage ate them poached, 3 percent in soup, and 2 percent griddled.
Other countries have a greater variety of preparation.
The board is trying to boost egg consumption including publishing recipes. But fluctuating egg prices are a stumbling block. According to the Korea Institute for Animal Products Quality Evaluation, a carton of 10 eggs cost W1,845 on average on Dec. 15, up W97 from the second-half low of W1,748 on Oct. 24 (US$1=W1,159).
But in late August the price soared to W2,156 because sweltering weather caused spawning rates to plummet. The price is likely to rise again as the mercury drops.
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