By Humphrey Carter
THE world's largest egg has been laid on a Majorcan ostrich farm
Weighing in at 2.371 kilos, it is 21 grams heavier than the current record holder according to the Guinness Book of Records, which was laid on an ostrich farm in China in June, 1997.

The current record holder weighed 2.350 kilos or 5lbs, 2 ounces.
Uri Leffler, owner of the Artestruz farm near Campos, said yesterday that the egg was laid on Thursday. Yesterday morning it was weighed before a local solicitor, at the local PAC medical centre and pharmacist where the weight was recorded. The documents are in the hands of his lawyer who is in contact with the Guinness office in London to record the new world record.

Uri explained that they had to be quick to officially record the egg's weight as eggs lose weight every day as the egg's sack shrinks inside.
Leading local chef Marc Fosh was most impressed when offered a two kilo egg.
He worked out that the single egg is the equivalent of 37 normal eggs, weighing 60 to 65 grams each, and could be used to make 18 portions of scrambled egg, apart from needing the world's biggest egg cup.

Fosh said that the single egg would also make 13 omelettes, 36 souffles, 56 portions of Baked Alaska and 3.5 litres of Bearnaise sauce, along with 20lbs of butter.

Uri has been farming ostriches in Majorca for six years and all of his 40 birds are Majorcan born and bred.
He explained yesterday that they do not farm the birds for meat but to produce local arts and crafts.
Although occasionally, if naturally produced, the meat, a hugely popular delicacy on the menus of many of Majorca's top restaurants, is sold.
The egg's shells are used to make decorative lamp shades which are sold all over the world, including Japan, some are hand painted by local artists.
The leather is also used by local craftsmen to make bags and shoes.
This year they have been making traditional Minorcan style sandals which proved a huge success at Milan fashion week.
Uri is hoping for a swift reply from the Guinness office in London and have the new Majorcan world record registered.


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