Quail eggs are are much smaller than your average chicken egg, weighing about 9 grams while a (large) chicken egg weights about 50 grams. They taste very similar to chicken eggs, although I find the texture of their cooked whites a little firmer. The membrane located between the shell and the egg is also thicker and sometimes I find quail eggs difficult to crack as their shells are pretty tough.
Quail eggs make divine pickled eggs — their small size makes it easy to pop a whole one in your mouth. I also really get a kick out of serving fried quail eggs to children, usually putting about three of them on a plate. They squeal with delight every time! Indeed, their diminutive size and pretty speckled shells are a big part of their charm.
What is your experience with quail eggs? Did you grow up eating them? Have you ever had them raw?
(Images: Dana Velden)