This post is kind of surprising coming from someone like me whose middle name is practically "Wiltongelcoloring." I tint and sparkle almost everything I bake, even when I should just leave it alone. I can't open any cabinet in my kitchen without pots of food coloring or jars of sprinkles, edible glitters, non pareils, sugar pearls and dragees falling on my head. Until there is a 12 step program dedicated to "Embellishment Disorder", nothing will change any time soon.
However, on my last trip to Munich I visited one of my favorite stores, Kräuterhaus Lindig, The Original Upper Bavarian Herb and Root Shop.
The smell is just heavenly in this gorgeous old fashioned shop.
It like stepping back in time. There are tons of delicious natural skin care products, homeopathic remedies and great stuff to cook with. I always linger outside to look at the products in the window. This is when I spied a package of natural easter egg dyes and I had to try them.
The package contained 5 colors all made from herbs and roots:
Brown - walnut shells
Blue/violet - brazil wood
Red - red sandalwood
Yellow - yellow wood
Green - mate leaves
The colors came out either intense or subtle. Nothing in between.
The green color was faint and the yellow turned out more orange:
Next time I will dilute the blue and red to get softer colors.
These are not traditional Easter colored eggs, however, I think they look quite interesting and almost elegant.
I found another great resource from Diane's Desserts. She provides an extensive list of colors obtained from using fruits and veggies instead of the herbs and roots I used. The link is HERE.
Coloring Easter Eggs With Natural Dyes
- Eggs with white shells
- Natural dyes
- Use one pot for each color. I used metal and enamel pots to soak the dyes and then a saucepan to heat them.
- Add 2 ounces of natural dyes to 4 cups of water.
- Let stand 3 to 4 hours.
- Bring to a boil.
- Add eggs and cook for 10 minutes.
- Stir occasionally to make sure the color is even.
- Remove from water and cool.
- Repeat with other colors.