Waitrose & Partners is the first UK supermarket to start selling pullet eggs. The unique and smaller sized eggs produced by ‘teenage’ hens - around 18 weeks old - are considered to be some of the best quality eggs you can get for cooking.

These little eggs are used frequently by top chefs and fine dining restaurants thanks to their flavour, colour and texture.

Historically, pullet eggs have not been widely available as they fall outside of the size regulations set by supermarkets.

Waitrose & Partners says that it is proud to support farmers and reduce food waste by offering these eggs to customers for the first time.

Zoe Simons, development chef at Waitrose & Partners says, “Pullet eggs are a chef's dream especially when it comes to pastry. Thanks to their smaller nature they hold their shape a lot better which makes them idea for poaching. The yolks have a wonderful deep colour and rich flavour, making them perfect for mayonnaise or pastry such as a lemon tart or creme brûlée.”