Ever wonder why Easter Eggs are “Easter” eggs? For anyone marginally schooled in Christianity lamb is a given, borrowed from the Jewish Passover tradition (sacrifical lamb, Lamb of God, etc.), but spring lamb, ham, and eggs far predate Christianity.
Spring lamb is just coming to market at Easter and has been a celebratory menu item for eons across the world symbolizing new beginnings and rebirth. The pig was considered a symbol of luck in pre-Christian Europe and, hence, the bringing of ham to the table in springtime.
Pagan rites of spring brought the egg to the table. The egg is a symbol of rebirth, rejuvenation, and immortality. The early Christian calendar forbade the ingestion of eggs during lent, so everyone was really excited to eat them again when lent was over (Easter). Egg decorating has been around for thousands of years. Particularly intricate and beautiful designs come from central Europe.
Egg breads, particularly the hot cross bun, are very popular at Easter. Archeological evidence however, proves that the hot cross bun has been around since 79 C.E. at the ancient site of Herculaneum.
Whatever you bring to your Easter table, enjoy with family and friends and celebrate rebirth of all kinds!
With Easter upon us it’s a fun time to find out answers to some of the questions we ask about eggs: *It takes a hen 24 to 26 hours to produce an egg. Thirty minutes later, she starts all over again! *Eggshells have around 17,000 pores that can absorb flavors and odors. It’s best to store them in cartons to prevent absorbing these “outside influences”. This picture is of eggs from Gordon’s dad’s farm.
White shelled eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and white earlobes. Brown shelled eggs are produced by hens with red feathers and red earlobes. Hens can produce EVERY color in between depending on their genetic color coding – to include baby blue, pink, orange, yellow, etc.!!
Egg yolks are one of the few foods that naturally contain Vitamin D. *Yolk color depends on the diet of the hen. Natural yellow-orange substances such as marigold petals may be added to light-colored feeds to enhance colors. Artificial color additives are not permitted. That’s why you can tell if a hen was fed a good diet or allowed to range freely, when the yolk is a deeper color. *Occasionally, a hen will produce double-yolked eggs throughout her egg laying career. It is unusual, but not too rare, for a young hen to produce an egg with no yolk at all!
During the spring equinox, it is said that an egg will stand on its small end. Although some people have reported success, it is not known whether such results were due to the equinox or to the peculiarities of that particular egg.