Eggs Taste Better if Salted
Dr. James J. S. Johnson
Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg? (Job 6:6)
Although we Americans sometimes over-salt our food, it is nonetheless true that it is perfectly Biblical to salt poultry eggs before you eat them — but what about crab eggs?
Since, during spring stopovers, Red Knots eat lots of Horseshoe Crab eggs on the beaches of Delaware Bay, — and the crabs who deposited those eggs just came from the salty seawater of the Atlantic Ocean, — it’s unlikely that the voracious Red Knots need to add salt, to flavor those crab eggs for eating.
As an illustration of Genesis 8:22, this bird-blog has already reported on the magnificent migration of the Red Knot, which mileage-marathon marvel annually feasts on beach-buried Horseshoe Crab eggs during its yearly stopover at Delaware Bay, before the refueled shorebird continues its migration northward (toward its breeding grounds in Canada) during the spring. [See “Shorebirds Looney about Horseshoe Crabs”, at https://leesbird.com/2017/08/11/shorebirds-looney-about-horseshoe-crab-eggs/ .]
As this USFWS chart (created by Debra Reynolds) shows, the long-distance adventures of the Rufa Red Knot are, in their repeated successes, providential miracles of populational migration.
In other words, when we think about how this works out, during each migratory cycle, our minds should automatically think about how amazingly clever and capable God is, to have arranged all of the Red Knot’s long-distance (and metabolic) bioengineering to work. The Red Knot is providentially programmed (“fitted”) to survive and thrive like this. [This can be compared to the providential programming that God has installed into the Arctic Tern — see “Survival of the Fitted: God’s Providential Programming”, ACTS & FACTS, 39(10):17-18 (October 2010), posted at http://www.icr.org/article/survival-fitted-gods-providential-programming/ .]
Of course, the hungry Red Knot is not alone in this all-you-can-eat “fast-food” fiesta – because the Red Knot is joined, at Delaware Bay beaches, by oövorous (i.e., egg-eating) “tablemates” including turnstones and sandpipers. [See Delaware Bay beach photographs below: left, USF&W / public domain; right, Larry Niles.]
All of which leads us to today’s limerick:
CONVERTING CRAB EGGS INTO MIGRATORY BIRD FUEL
Red Knots scoot about, on thin legs;
First come, first serve! — no one begs;
Horseshoe crab eggs, the treat —
And it’s “all-you-can-eat“!
Watch the shorebirds gulp down the crab eggs!
Hmm, now I’m hungry! — it’s time to eat a couple of poached eggs, that my gourmet-whiz wife prepared for me this morning. (Of course, those eggs are slightly salted!)