The first time I saw the Japanese term 地鶏 (jidori) I immediately made a literal translation of “earth chicken” then “local chicken” — as it turned out, the au courant term is free-range chicken.

The original Jidori chickens of Japan are fed tomatoes and apples during breeding season. In Los Angeles, when chefs order jidori, they expect a high-quality chicken with no hormones or steroids and that was processed (killed!) in past 24 hours. Fresh and never frozen.

Picture of Jidori no Tamago or Free-Range Eggs地鶏   =  jidori

地 = ji = earth

鶏 = dori (tori) = chicken

“ground chicken” or “chicken of the earth”

地鶏の卵 (たまご) = jidori no tamago (eggs)

I bought this box of half-dozen jidori eggs at a Korean supermarket for $4.29. It was the only organic eggs they carried.

CHINO VALLEY RANCHERS’ CERTIFIED Free Range Organic Eggs.  From the inside of the box:

Dear Customer,

Our farm fresh organic eggs are produced by hens that are fed the finest organically grown grains. Chino Valley Ranchers Organic Eggs, as well as the grains we feed our hens, are produced in accordance with the California Organic Foods Act of 1990.

We have been feeding our hens a strict vegetarian diet since we began, in 1953. Our hens are given no antibiotics, no steroids, no animal byproducts and no hormones.

Our organic grain-fed hens live on a farm in the high desert where the air is fresh, clean and free from city pollutants. Here (there?) they are able to eat, exercise, and socialize (!) to their health’s contents.

We at Chino Valley Ranchers thank you the customer for supporting organic farming.


Serving Size: 1 egg (50 grams)
70 calories per serving. 4.5 grams of fat, 1.5 grams of which are saturated.
215 milligrams of cholesterol (71% of Daily Values!)
65 milligrams of sodium (just 8% of DV)
6 grams of protein (10%), Vitamin A (6%).

The inside of the box also shows a TM (trademark sign) after ORGANIC EGGS.