Quail Eggs on Sale in Machane Yehuda

16 Tevet 5771
December 23, 2010
quail-eggs-3It appears that one may now purchase quail eggs in Jerusalem [and possibly elsewhere in Israel]. As is my custom, I try to disseminate accurate information. Not being a rabbi, I do not give halachic rulings.

I would like to the following point regarding quail eggs. Deciding to buy something that has fallen out of ‘tradition’ does demand knowledge and consulting with one’s rav. Not all rabbonim permit eating them and even those who do, cite which are permissible.

The OU’s expert on birds, Rabbi Chaim Loike, has written on the matter (OU Daf HaKashrus – Vol 13, 7 Nissan 5765 – April 2005), stating that some eggs from the coturnix family are permissible. These eggs are spotted (see photo).

The OU adds that even among the permitted coturnix family, only some of the quail ‘have a tradition’ and are therefore permissible. The [white] eggs from the bobwhite quail for example are not permitted.

In short, one must consult with one’s rav and act accordingly. Not everything for sale is deemed permissible, and not everything with a hechsher is accepted by all rabbonim, especially in Eretz Yisrael. Many kashrus agencies [in and out of Israel] do not permit the use of quail eggs, including many of the so-called badatz agencies.

From a consumer point of view, they are expensive as well. While a flat of XL eggs (30) was selling for NIS 25, a tray of 18 quail eggs [which are very small as one can see in the photos] was selling for NIS 24.





  • Shy Guy
    December 23, 2010 - 16:25 | Permalink

    Are these from Israeli quails? How many varieties of quail do we have here?

    I want to be “mit’aneg be’taanugim, barburim u’slav ve’dagim” kehilchata!

  • Birdman of Alcatraz
    December 24, 2010 - 13:40 | Permalink

    In typical hilarious Israeli marketing-gaffe style, the bird in the illustration is indeed a bobwhite quail. All we need now is for a company to market them under the name Peres, Tinshemes, etc.

  • yechiel-admin
    December 26, 2010 - 08:57 | Permalink

    The Birdman of Alcatraz is quite correct and one prominent rabbi with whom i consulted on the matter pointed out the same, stating it is unfortunate since they opted to depict a quail that is not acceptble for the photo.

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