My wife made some deviled eggs today, but found a surprise inside some of them after they were cooked. Right in the middle of the yolks was a tiny bit of some white goo, very different in color and consistency of the surrounding yolk.

What is this stuff? Was it safe to eat? We ended up tossing those eggs out because we had no clue.

UPDATE: my wife had taken a picture Goop in the yolk

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    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 18:29
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    Alas, no. Thought about it, but not enough to actually do so. There are more eggs from that package, so if we get any more, I'll post a picture. Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 18:44
  • imho this is the most delicious point to eat them - not quite hardboiled, not runny enough to dribble down your arm.
    – RozzA
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 23:51

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This is so called white yolk, aka latebra, present in any egg, with slightly higher protein content. Its precise function is unknown; it is believed to be a center of the egg development. Perfectly safe.

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    The site you link makes a distinction between white yolk and the latebra, with the latebra being a particular mass of white yolk, not a term for all white yolk. Commented Dec 30, 2016 at 0:34

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