In the past I honestly thought that for Easter everywhere where it’s celebrated, people decorate and dye eggs. I never thought that it’s mostly Slavic tradition and that beside Slavic ethnic groups very few others actually do this.
In many other countries people eat large quantities of chocolate Easter eggs but not in Croatia. Of course now you can already find some chocolate eggs in shops like I guess everywhere else but they are not on every corner and people buy them only for kids. Let’s say they are not that much of a big deal here.
I will show you the way how I dye the eggs in completely natural way using the onions skins. This is the most common way to dye eggs in Croatia and the way I learned from my mum. There are also more detailed and complicated ways to do it by drawing with wax or putting parsley or other herbs on the uncooked eggs and then wrapping in old nylon tights before cooking in water with onions skin.
This is the easiest way and I love the rich natural color it gives to the eggs.
- Uncooked eggs (as many as you like)
- Large cooking pot
- 2 l water
- 2 tablespoons vinegar
- Onions skins (as much as you can get, the more the better)
- Put the water, vinegar and onions skins in the pot and add eggs. Bring to boil and let it cook for about 20 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool.
- Gently turn the eggs and leave them overnight covered with water and onions skins. You don’t have to leave them for so long but this will give them nice rich color so I always do.
- When you remove the eggs from the colored water, put them on some surface to dry and then rub them with oil using a bit of old newspapers. This will give them a nice shine.
- And there you have it, the best edible Easter decoration!