Easter is an amazing time of year here in the scenic Hood River Valley and it’s the one holiday that always makes us feel like spring has officially sprung.
New leaves are sprouting, blossoms and blooms are bursting. And with Earth Day just a couple days after Easter this year, what better time than the present to try out an eco-friendly egg decorating method utilizing 100% natural fruit and vegetables?
No need to bother buying artificial dyes when you can round up some fantastic natural options right in your very own refrigerator. The planet, and your fingers, will thank you.
First, gather up your dye ingredients in their most unprocessed state. Crisp purple beets or cabbage, dark red frozen cherries, beautiful blueberries, pureed spinach greens, onion skins, orange juice*, tea, turmeric, etc. Basically, you just need to select any fruit, vegetable or beverage that you’d hate to spill on a fresh white shirt and voilà, you’ve got the perfect natural Easter egg dye right at your fingertips.
Simply boil each ingredient separately (cover ingredient with water, boil, reduce heat until desired color is reached, *juice does not need boiling). Mix reduced liquid with a teaspoon or two of white vinegar and then once your boiled eggs have cooled you’re ready unleash your inner artist.
No time to dye eggs this year? Try hiding fruit instead. You’ll not only save yourself from having to come up with a dozen creative ways to eat all those hard boiled eggs, but you’ll also avoid finding that rogue missing egg a few months down the road. Just think of the fun to be had discovering a bright, juicy orange, a carefully wrapped pear, or perfectly sweet strawberry nestled in the grass. And who doesn’t love an Easter basket full of fresh delicious fruit?