Egg-static!

We take a crack at the Easter egg’s colorful past.

  1. Ostrich eggs engraved with decoration were found in Africa and dated to be 60,000 years old.
  2. Gold and silver ostrich eggs were often placed on the graves of ancient Sumerians and Egyptians.  
  3. A batik (wax resist) process is used to create intricate, brilliantly colored eggs, the best known of which is the Ukrainian pysanka and the Polish pisanka.
  4. The celebrated Fabergé workshops created exquisite jeweled Easter eggs for the Russian Imperial Court.
  5. In Judaism, a hard-boiled egg is an element of the Passover seder representing festival sacrifice.
  6. Eggs contain no carbs or sugar and are a good source of protein. Yolks contain choline, which promotes normal cell activity, liver function and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body.
  7. “Which came first … the chicken or the egg?” If you find out, let us know.
  8. “Easter egg” is also a term used to refer to a hidden joke or message inside various digital media, like video games and DVDs.
  9. The first Cadbury Creme Egg debuted in 1963. A recipe alteration in 2015 caused an uproar.
  10. The average household consumed five dozen eggs at Easter in 2014.
  11. In some parts of the United Kingdom (such as Scotland and Northeast England) painted eggs are rolled down steep hills on Easter Sunday (instead of on flat ground).
  12. Recent Easter egg traditions may have originated from Lent practices and the fasting from all eggs and dairy. With chickens producing and no one eating, there was a stockpile of eggs. This surplus had to be eaten quickly to prevent spoiling … thus the hard-boiled egg.
  13. Early Christians in Mesopotamia painted eggs red in memory of the blood of Christ.
  14. In many cultures, eggs are considered a symbol of fertility and rebirth.
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