Spring. The smell of fresh flower blossoms, crisp clean air, and tangy urine cooking eggs. At least that’s what you’d smell if you were in Dongyang, China.
The village which is a part of the seaside province of Zhejiang, is known for it’s centuries old tradition of eating “virgin boys eggs.” It’s a delicacy thought to be good for the health and it’s made from boiling eggs for roughly 10 hours in the pee of boys under 10 years old.
Urine is collected from primary schools in the area and then the eggs go through the lengthy process of boiling, cracking and boiling again, with a very controlled heat so as to not over cook the snack.
While there is no explanation as to why it has to be boys urine, there are many reported health benefits to the pee filled eggs.
“If you eat this, you will not get heat stroke. These eggs cooked in urine are fragrant,” said Ge Yaohua, 51, owner of a stall selling the popular item. “”They are good for your health. Our family has them for every meal. In Dongyang, every family likes eating them.”
They’re also supposedly good for lowering body heat, improving blood circulation, and getting rid of muscle and joint pain.
As yummy and healthy as “virgin boy eggs” may sound, there are some who find them distasteful and some Chinese medical experts are questioning the sanitary practice of boiling eggs in pee. But hey, tradition is tradition, and for Dongang “virgin boy eggs” are so much a part of it, the local government has deemed them an important part of their cultural heritage.
Guess you just can’t knock it until you try it. [Source]