Naturally colored Easter Eggs
Coloring eggs for Easter has a very long tradition in Europe. In fact, exchanging eggs date back to even more than 2000 years ago. An egg was (and still is) a symbol of the spring season and new life.
Early Christians gave each other a hard-boiled, cold, red-colored egg as a gift and a symbol of the cold stone rolled in-front of Jesus’ tomb, yet life – signified by the red color.
Boiling eggs also had a very practical use centuries ago. It’s a perfect way to preserve them – Remember, artificial cooling was invented around 1750 and only 100 years later were fridges commercially ready for the household market. (Only in the 1930ies widespread at home)
Coloring the Easter-Egg dates back to the 12th or 13th century. Sprinkling colors on it, scratching, etching, drawing, stickering – all kinds of ways were explored. With no industrially produced colors available, people used naturally occurring colors from plants, fruits or vegetables.
One way to color Easter-eggs naturally is with ONIONS !
Do you want to join me in doing it ?
It’s super fun. Especially when you start experimenting yourself. And the good part is : Even when some of the results are not nice, you can always EAT the egg.
Shall we start to create our edible art ?
Take a couple of onions. I used just average ones. Would be fun to use a couple of different colored types. White eggs. I also tried with brown eggs, cooking them longer but the result is (obviously) not so impressive…
Peel-off the outer skin of the onions. Keep aside. Chop the remainder of the onions (I made an onion soup out of it)
Put the onion skins in a pot of water, add a soupspoon full of vinegar and boil it.
Collect leaves, flowers and see if you can find something at home which can act as a ‘net’ to contain the egg and your decoration (perfect is a nylon stocking ! Make sure you ask the owner first as it might look a bit different after the process :)
Stick your deco onto the egg (best if you moisten leaves first) then wrap your ‘net’ around it and fix it. The tighter, the better, as this later creates sharp edges. But even if you don’t bind it hard – you’ll get nice results. Be surprised ! You will also be surprised when you squeeze too hard – after all you are dealing here with a raw egg !
Put your prepared eggs into the pot with boiling onion skins. Leave them cooking there for 8 to 12min. Then take a ladle to scoop them out. Remove your ‘installation’ / your wrappings around the egg. Careful hot ! Let the eggs cool down or rinse with cold water (the egg also peels better when you do that). If the eggs crack, you can also try to poke little holes in them before you start boiling them. But be very very gentle (it’s still raw and then with the holes in them even more brittle)
You can use a bit of oil to make them shiny,…. And
Voilá – (Give yourself a clap or a pad on your shoulder !) and get ready to display your creation !
It’s very rewarding when you give them away (little hint ;)
By the way – the last picture below is © by my friend (@BV17) from Germany. Thanks a lot for sharing it with me. She is a real pro, don’t you think so ?
Enjoy the fun !