Colorful Easter eggs: buy or rather color yourself?
Even though there are now colorful eggs in many shops all year round, the demand is traditionally greatest at Easter. Not all Germans buy “ready” Easter eggs. Especially with children, it is fun to color the eggs yourself. Various types of vegetables are available for this.
Germans eat an average of over 230 eggs a year. Nowadays, colored eggs can be found in shops all year round, but traditionally the greatest demand is at Easter. "Before Easter, we have the week with the highest sales in the year," said the expert from Marktinfo Geflügel & Eier (MEG), Margit Beck, according to a report by the dpa news agency. According to MEG data, "the appetite of German citizens has been rising for years". According to this, "everyone averaged 231 eggs last year, in 2012 there were 11 fewer". According to the information, the German poultry farmers cannot meet the demand, so goods are imported from abroad, such as the Netherlands.
Colored eggs last longer The color in the dyeing plants closes the pores of the eggshells, which means that the colored eggs also last longer than the uncoloured ones. But consumer advocates recommend buyers to pay attention to cracks and dents in the shell. The food expert at the Lower Saxony consumer center, Brigitte Ahrens, said that tests had shown that the trays were often damaged. "Then of course you can no longer store them for so long." A blue-green border around the yolk, which is caused by cooking for too long, is no cause for concern. This does not affect the taste.
Coloring Easter eggs yourself Many Germans do not use eggs that have already been colored, but swear by the “do-it-yourself method”. You don't necessarily have to buy special egg colors or pens for this. There are also numerous natural means to decorate eggs for Easter. For example, you can naturally color Easter eggs with spinach. Greens can also be achieved with parsley. Beetroot or red onion skins produce beautiful shades of red and golden yellow eggs can be obtained from black tea or walnut shells, among other things. Eggs turn blue with red cabbage leaves or elderberry juice. In addition, nettle and mate tea, grated carrots, caraway seeds, chamomile and turmeric add color to Easter life.
Coloring is fun In order to color the eggs, a broth of water and the respective parts of the plant should be boiled for about 30 to 45 minutes. Then the eggs are added. According to experts, rub them with vinegar and then with cooking oil before cooking, so that the color is better accepted and more shine is achieved. Eggs with a smooth surface that are one to two weeks old are particularly suitable for dyeing, as they compensate for pressure differences more easily and are less likely to crack. If their shell is smooth and without cracks, hard-boiled Easter eggs can last up to two weeks, according to the German Nutrition Society (DGE). Dyeing yourself is not only more environmentally friendly, it is also fun, especially with children. It is best to use organic or free range eggs.
Eggs are healthier than their reputation Eggs still have a pretty bad reputation for health in some people, but new insights are emerging. It has recently been reported that US experts have withdrawn cholesterol warnings related to cholesterol-containing foods. They no longer assess the cholesterol contained in food as a health hazard. Older studies have also shown protein to have a positive effect on high blood pressure. Some of the results of the research in recent years are still controversial, but it is known that eggs are valuable nutrients. In addition to protein and fat, the egg also contains minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, calcium and iron as well as vitamins A and B. (ad)
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