Paul in the market for ostrich eggs

Ostrich eggs and Qualis eggs are now on sale at Sheffield Castle Market. Stall owner, Paul Tissington, with the eggs
Ostrich eggs and Qualis eggs are now on sale at Sheffield Castle Market. Stall owner, Paul Tissington, with the eggs

PAUL Tissington has been selling eggs since he started work on his dad’s stall in Castle Market more than 40 years ago.

PAUL Tissington has been selling eggs since he started work on his dad’s stall in Castle Market more than 40 years ago.

But he had never sold ostrich eggs when he decided to add them to his range of duck eggs, goose eggs, quail eggs and, of course, chicken eggs.

Paul, aged 59, says they are very popular with Chinese students. “I’ve asked them why they like ostrich eggs so much and they just lick their lips and look at me gone out.

“I don’t know whether they boil, fry, poach or scramble them.”

The ostrich eggs come from a farm in Nottinghamshire and Paul reports they are just like a chicken egg – only much bigger.

“They taste a little bit richer than a chicken egg but so do goose and duck eggs to some degree. I suppose the bigger the egg, the richer it tastes.”

He has only had his poached.

“The shells are so thick I wouldn’t want to try to get the top off a boiled one.

“I scored the shell with a hacksaw then chipped away at it, being careful not to burst the membrane.

“I then placed it in boiling water and poached it for what seemed like ages.

“It tasted great but it was a bit big for one person.”