A Good Egg

Photo: Kang Kim for New York Magazine

1. The yolk’s color is dependent on the hen’s diet, and farmers’-market eggs from well-fed pastured hens tend to be richer and deeper.

2. Both the yolk and the white should stand tall. Inferior, older eggs look flatter.

3. In fresh, high-quality eggs, the white spreads less.

4. The two strands of egg white that anchor the yolk are called chalazae, and the more prominent they are, the fresher the egg.

A Good Egg