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  • Writer's pictureAnna Rathbun, NC

Easter Eggs from the Produce Section

The egg is a symbol of new life and rebirth in traditions ranging from pagan to Christian. Plants, animals and the universe itself spring to life for Easter, after a long dormant winter. To celebrate, we color Easter eggs in beautiful spring colors.

The brilliant colors of plants contain plant pigments that help our bodies and stain our hands. Following are three primary color Easter egg dyes; from these you can create all the colors of the rainbow.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Place one dozen white eggs in a thick bottom pot and cover with water and a lid. Bring to a full boil, then remove from heat and leave for 10 minutes. Drain hot water and run cold water over the eggs for 30 minutes. Store refrigerated.


Draw pictures and designs on the eggs with crayons. The wax will show through the dye.

Wrap eggs in thick rubber bands in between color changes to create colorful stripes.

Dyeing agents

Red – 1 grated beet

Yellow – 2 inches fresh grated turmeric or 1 tablespoon dried turmeric.

Blue – ½ head cabbage

Combine the dyeing agent with 2 cups water and simmer for 15 minutes. Allow mixture to cool, then strain into a container. Three quart size yogurt containers are the perfect size. Add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to each color.

Drop eggs in coloring for 15 minutes for a soft speckled egg or leave them in dye for up to 3 hours (refrigerated) for a deep even color. Make the secondary colors of the rainbow by dyeing eggs in one primary color and then another.

This colorful tradition combines the nutritional power of the egg with the rebirth of spring and all of its beautiful colors.

Mayo free egg salad

3 Easter eggs

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/16 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon lemon

1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

Peel the eggs and separate the yolk from the white. Combine the yolk with the olive oil, salt and lemon and mash to create a sauce, similar to mayonnaise. Chop and add the egg white. Serve on bread, celery stalks or lettuce.

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