A LAVINGTON couple have a black chook, a green egg and a stack of questions.
Emilia Di-Bisceglie and her husband Simone Di-Bisceglie found a light green egg laid by their chook in the pen behind their vegetable patch on Thursday.
Mrs Di-Bisceglie has had the chook for two years and she’s never seen anything like it.
She thinks it could have something to do with the fresh cucumber and vegetable scraps but her daughter-in-law puts it down to TLC.
“It’s gorgeous isn’t it? Look at the tinge of green in it,” Anna Di-Bisceglie said.
“It’s all the love and care Mum gives it, she calls them honey and darling, she calls them her children.”
Table Top poultry auctioneer Braham Metry said Mrs Di-Bisceglie’s bird carries the blood of an Araucana chook, also known as the South American Rumpless.
Mr Metry said the Araucana is an ancient Chilean breed.
“They’re classified as a rare breed but they’re much sought-after so they’re becoming common,” he said.
And the chooks, which fetch between $30 and $40 at auction, are in demand because of their green and blue eggs.
Mr Metry said underneath the coloured shell, the egg is no different to the rest and tastes exactly the same.
Lucky, because Mrs Di-Bisceglie plans to use it to make the dishes of her homeland.
The couple moved to Albury from Italy in 1968, buying their block in Wahroonga Road eight years later to create a sprawling vegetable garden.
Mrs Di-Bisceglie said it was likely the green egg would end up in a frittata.