Easter bunnies are peeking from behind the corner. In the next days our kitchens will become art studios and canvas will be replaced by Easter eggs. Every year we look for ways to make our own dyes in a natural way and we enjoy it immensely, because we always find something new and surprising. This year we are excited about all shades of green and so are our eggs.
What is interesting is that this amazing green shades comes from yellow curcumin and purple red cabbage What do you know ha?
Oh and about that confusion about CURCUMIN and TURMERIC? Don’t worry, I was also confused by it. So CURCUMIN is a part of a group of compounds known as curcuminoids, the main active compound in Turmeric, which is a plant. CURCUMIN is the one that contributes to the rich color of Turmeric.
Wish you happy coloring with curcumin! In Slovenia we just say KURKUMA as it’s written on my jar below (so you won’t be confused again what in the world is now kurkuma ;)).
Here we go!
Magic Green Easter Eggs
- 10 boiled white eggs
- 1/2 head head red cabbage
- 1.5 l water or adjust the amount according to the cabbage
- 1 tbsp curcumin powder
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- Cut the red cabbage into smaller pieces.
- Pour water over the cabbage and cook for about 20 minutes.
- When cooked, add curcumin and white vinegar and cool all together.
- Add the eggs that have been cooked before and leave them in this liquid in the cold for at least 36 hours.
- The color comes out best on white eggs.
- The more we add turmeric, the closer the green will be to a warmer shade.
- If the eggs are washed well with white vinegar beforehand, the color will be more intense and visible after 24 hours.
- If leftover cabbage is left in the dyeing process, different patterns will be imprinted on the eggs.
This recipe was also published in Odprta Kuhinja.