MANILA, Philippines – We’ve seen the white egg, the brown native egg, and the red salted egg.
In the Enchanted Farm in Angat, Bulacan, however, the eggs are “golden.”
Not literally, of course. The duck eggs are colored with turmeric, giving it a yellowish hue.
The man behind the business, young social entrepreneur Alvie Benitez, said they decided to scrap the Sudan red dye used in commercially sold salted eggs because it can cause cancer.
“We kept on researching and we found that turmeric is a natural color substitute,” Benitez, who is part of social action group Gawad Kalinga, said in an interview on ANC’s “Shop Talk.”
“It started as a joke, actually. We just questioned why the red egg was red and, from there, we asked, ‘why don’t we make it yellow?’ From there, everything happened so fast,” he added.
Benitez currently has 100 ducks at the Enchanted Farm, with these laying about 1,200 eggs in a month.
The salted eggs may not have real gold, but these are precious to the community, giving jobs and income to families and duck farmers.
“We own the ducks together. I partnered with this one family and they take care of the ducks,” Benitez said.
“We’re not just inspiring people to create products that are safe. We’re also trying to create social effects to our community,” he added.
The salted egg is probably one of the most recognizable food items on the Filipino dining table. The preserved food product, which is originally Chinese, is soaked in brine or covered in charcoal paste to give it a sharp, rich taste.
It is commonly seen as a side dish for fried fish, as a topping on pancit (fried noodles) and congee, or as a topping in bibingka, a Filipino sweet rice cake cooked with coconut milk.
Some establishments, such as the century-old Manila Hotel, serve ice cream flavored with salted egg.