Cracking Egg Myths in Time for Easter
These colorful staples of Easter Sunday are an integral part of springtime holiday decor and celebrations. Let us help you hatch a few truths and clear up a few myths about the Easter egg.
Myth: Easter eggs are safe to eat after the egg hunt is over.
Fact: Hard-boiled eggs generally remain safe to eat at room temperature for about two hours. If the temperature outside or indoors is very warm, the eggs should be eaten within one hour.
Myth: It is unsafe to eat all dyed Easter eggs.
Fact: Whether dyed eggs are safe or not depends on the type of dye used. Many kits use vegetable-based dyes that are food-safe. These same pigments are used in traditional food coloring. Even if the dye has penetrated beneath the shell, it should still be safe for consumption. Kits for blown-out eggs may use dyes that are not food-safe. Also, people who are allergic to certain food dyes might want to avoid eating dyed eggs.
Myth: An Easter egg roll is an American tradition.
Fact: In Germany, England and other countries, children traditionally rolled eggs down hillsides at Easter. This practice may have initially symbolized the rolling away of the rock from Jesus Christ’s tomb before his resurrection. When European immigrants arrived in North America, they brought these Easter egg traditions with them. One of the more popular Easter egg rolls of modern day takes place on the White House lawn, where children push an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon. Some say Dolly Madison established this tradition in 1814.
Myth: A raw egg will stand on end during the spring equinox.
Fact: It is believed that because the sun is equidistant from the south and north poles on the spring equinox, special gravitational forces apply on this day. These forces should make it possible to balance an egg on its end only on this day. However, eggs can be balanced at other times of the year.
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